SALINEVILLE-During the safety committee portion of Monday night's village council meeting, councilman Tom Hays read a statement from recently-fired village police officer Terry J. Weyand Jr, who had posted a message on the village's unofficial Facebook page.
Weyand's statement essentially says he was wrongfully terminated by the village. He takes particular issue with Mayor Mary Smith, whom he says never contacted him or returned his calls to determine a work schedule.
Weyand's employment with the village was terminated by council at a special meeting Oct. 16, after he purportedly failed to show up for his first week of work.
Village policy places new officers on a 60day probationary period during which their employment can be terminated for misbehaviour, such as not reporting for work. At the time of the special meeting, the mayor stated that since swearing in Weyand as an officer she had tried unsuccessfully, on several occasions, to personally contact Weyand.
Councilmen Hays read aloud Weyand's Facebook post, which was addressed to "the good people of Salineville."
"It's news to me that I was "fired,"" it read. "In fact, I did not know I was even technically hired. The only thing Mayor Smith and I had discussed at the time of "swearing in" was working out to where I could maybe work two shifts a week to help the village out. However there was no set schedule, or times to work. I had not even spoke to the financial officer or given any of my pertinent information for pay or hiring to anyone nor was ANY of my information or certification sent into OPOTA which is critical when hiring a Police officer."
Weyand's statement also claims he attempted to contact Smith "multiple times within the last two weeks," and that he was never contacted by anyone from the village. His statement also mentions he had been hired as a patrol officer at "a better paying dept. in Jefferson County" and indicates he intended to offer to work "one shift a week instead of not taking the position," as a courtesy to Smith and the village.
Lastly, Weyand claims in the post the village did not follow proper procedure when firing him saying, "This sounds like a pretty good lawsuit to me." He notes he "will not drop to that level," but only wants to clear his name.
"We kind of ran this guy into the ground at the last meeting and that's his rebuttal," said Hays
"I did try to reach him and he did not call me back-I have witnesses when I did," said Smith. "There were no messages (on village hall's voicemail).
"When he was sworn-in, he agreed to work Tuesdays and Wednesdays and he never showed up for work."
"Tell him to bring his phone bill in," suggested council president Sally Keating.