SALINEVILLE-After voting to hire Terry G. Weyand Jr. as a patrol officer at a meeting in September, village council terminated his employment at a special meeting Wednesday night. According to Mayor Mary Smith, Weyand never showed up for work with the village after being sworn in as a patrol officer .
At a village council meeting Sept. 9 Weyand was hired on the recommendation of then police chief David Hilliard Jr.
Smith told council members that since Hilliard resigned at the end of September the department's scheduling has been left up to her. Smith said she contacted Weyand and placed him on the department's schedule, but he failed to report to work and would not answer phone calls from Smith.
"I cannot get ahold of him and he has not reported," said Smith.
Council members said new officers are given a 60 day probationary period and this allows them to fire officers for misbehavior, such as not showing up for work. Smith reported to council that Weyand was scheduled to work two days last week, after which he would be scheduled to work for coming weeks.
Councilmen Wayne Lieshman questioned Smith as to whether Weyand was made aware that he was on the schedule and expected to report for work. Smith responded that she had personally contacted Weyand letting him know he was scheduled to work.
"He does know he's on the schedule and he didn't show up, so what choice do we have but to terminate him?" said Lieshman. "He must not want the job."
Council approved a motion to terminate his employment for failing to show up during his probationary period.
Before being hired by the village, Weyand was the subject of several news accounts of an April 14 incident in which he was arrested and charged with OVI, OVI above .08 and failure to yield for an emergency vehicle.
When his case came to trial in July court records indicate a judge amended his original charge of OVI above .08 to reckless operation and found him guilty. He was also found guilty of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Charges of OVI and marked lane violation were dismissed and he was placed on two years probation.
At the time he was hired by the village both the police chief and the mayor said they were aware of Weyand's past legal troubles but did not think it would impact his ability to perform his duties as a patrolmen.
Smith told council members Wednesday she has been interviewing several candidates for police chief and patrol officers positions. She hopes to present council with several candidates at next Monday's council meeting. She noted that terminating Weyand's employment will allow her to hire someone to replace him. She said she has received about 30 resumes so far.
"We need, if possible, to hire these people full time, at least the chief," said Councilmen Zeb Locklear. "We've seen what happens to part timers."