JACKSON TWP. A police officer fired through an involuntary disability separation has filed an appeal to get his job back.
Jackson Township trustees approved the involuntary disability separation for Eric B. Martzolf, 50, on Jan. 23. Martzolf, who joined the Jackson Township Police Department in 1994, has appealed the dismissal through the Fraternal Order of Police.
Township officials have declined to specify the reason for the dismissal, which is allowed through the FOP contract covering patrol officers. A lawyer for the FOP hasn't returned telephone calls seeking comment.
According to papers in Martzolf's personnel file, a hearing on the involuntary disability separation was conducted Jan. 4. Records show a ruling was based on a review of Martzolf's work history, a statement from the officer's family physician and other evaluations that determined Martzolf would benefit from "stress and anger management treatments."
Parts of the report, which The Canton Repository reviewed after a public records request, were redacted.
Martzolf last worked as a patrol officer Oct. 17 and was told Dec. 4 there would be a hearing on an involuntary disability separation. Paperwork noted he no longer performed in an active work status because of a disabling illness, injury or condition.
According to a resolution passed by trustees, the involuntary disability separation came after the township, FOP and Martzolf were unable to reach a mutual agreement on alternatives or other accommodations.
It is the second time Martzolf has been dismissed from the department. In October 2007, he was fired by trustees after being convicted of disorderly conduct following an incident where he was accused of domestic violence. Following an appeal, Martzolf was reinstated as an officer in September 2008.
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