Jackson Township trustees reinstated a twice-fired police officer Tuesday.
A twice-fired police officer was reinstated Tuesday, but the action didn’t sit well with one trustee.
Trustee James Walters voted against reinstating Todd A. Macaluso, just before swearing the officer back onto the force.
“That was a protest vote,” Walters said after the meeting. An arbitrator recently ruled that Macaluso, a 17-year police department veteran, was dismissed by trustees last summer without cause.
“The decision itself is outrageous,” said Walters, who also said trustees’ decision last year was correct. “The binding arbitration system needs significant reform.
“To shove this down the community’s throat is indefensible,” he said.
Macaluso refused to comment.
Trustees fired Macaluso because they believed he violated an alcohol rehabilitation agreement the two parties had entered into in 2010, according to information contained in arbitrator William C. Heekin’s written decision dated May 25.
Trustees previously fired Macaluso in 2008 when he and more than a dozen other law-enforcement officials were implicated in a test-cheating scandal. Records at the time showed he obtained answers to a certification test held at the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Canton post.
The exam was required to operate alcohol breath-testing equipment. Following an appeal, an arbitrator ruled in 2009 that Macaluso should get back his job. Macaluso said he did have a cheat sheet, but didn’t use it.