What happened to SPD officer Todd Smith?
An arbitrator ruled in May that Sandusky officials must reinstate city police Officer Todd Smith back into the department.
Smith, however, hasn't returned because city manager Nicole Ard — who fired Smith in spring 2012 — continues to fight the ruling.
He's basically guaranteed a position whenever he returns.
"There are 45 officers currently, Smith not included," Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said. "He is in the budget due to the ruling to reinstate him. The appeal by the city is still in Erie County Common Pleas Court. We are waiting on a ruling, and last I heard (three) weeks ago from the city attorney, we are not sure on a timeline."
The termination resulted from an early 2012 internal police investigation, questioning alleged antics involving Smith, Sandusky police Officer Stephen Ritterbach and Ritterbach’s wife, Jennifer.
Among the report’s findings: Jennifer asked Smith to have sex with her and Ritterbach in late 2011. Sometime afterwards, Ritterbach discovered the two exchanged nude images via text messaging, and he later threatened to shoot Smith.