A Jackson Township police officer who previously was fired twice and later reinstated submitted his resignation Thursday as part of a settlement agreement with trustees. Officer Todd A. Macaluso has been on paid leave since March 20 following an allegation of misconduct.
A township police officer who is accused of being drunk when he arrived to testify in Stark County Common Pleas Court resigned Thursday as part of a settlement with trustees.
Trustees unanimously accepted the settlement agreement with Officer Todd A. Macaluso during a special meeting Thursday.
Under the terms of the settlement, Macaluso, a 19-year veteran of the department, agreed to resign effective March 28, while trustees agreed to give him $5,500 in severance pay. Trustees declined to comment on the agreement. Chuck Wilson, senior staff representative for the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council that represents township officers, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.
According to a pre-disciplinary letter from Police Chief David Zink, Macaluso’s blood alcohol level was higher than the limits allowed under the township’s workplace drug testing policy on March 20 when, as part of his duties as an officer, he drove to the county courthouse to testify on a case. The letter said Macaluso did not testify, weakening the criminal case.
Zink, in the disciplinary letter, said Macaluso also violated the department’s rules when he caused $1,200 damage to his police cruiser on March 12 and failed to report the damage for two days, and when he failed to attend his scheduled training on March 19.
This was the third time within the past five years that Macaluso has faced disciplinary action from the trustees.
Trustees had fired Macaluso in 2011 for violating an alcohol rehabilitation agreement the two sides had approved in 2010 after Macaluso had tested positive for alcohol while on duty. Following an appeal, an arbitrator reinstated Macaluso because he said the officer’s actions, while “ill-advised,” did not specifically violate terms of the rehabilitation agreement.
Macaluso also was fired in 2008 when he and more than a dozen other law-enforcement officials were implicated in a test-cheating scandal. Macaluso had admitted to obtaining the answers to a certification test for operating alcohol breath-testing equipment held at the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Canton post, but said he did not use the cheat sheet. An arbitrator in 2009 reinstated Macaluso after concluding that Macaluso’s conduct would not impair his credibility as a witness because many officers did not take the state-administered test seriously. The arbitrator also had noted that the troopers involved in the scandal had regained their jobs.
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