Thursday, November 11, 1999

Falmouth prepares to sue its police chief




BY JANE PRENDERGAST
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FALMOUTH — The police chief here could be sued by his own city for an unpaid water bill.

        City Council members Tuesday approved a resolution to allow the city attorney to start litigation against Chief Gregory Reis. The bill for his private water-hauling business has mounted to about $11,000.

        Officials at City Hall would not comment about the matter Wednesday. They referred all questions to City Attorney Henry Watson. He also would say very little.

        “The resolution speaks for itself,” he said.

        A woman answering the phone at the chief's home Wednesday afternoon said he would not comment and that he'd just gotten home from the hospital. Chief Reis has been on sick leave because of a health problem. He remained on leave Wednesday.

        Mr. Watson said the problem might be resolved before a suit is necessary.

        “They've authorized the litigation, but we might be able to resolve it,” he said.

        The department has struggled through several controversies recently. In June, former Officer Luther Bex was indicted on charges of raping his girlfriend in February and of having sex with a child younger than 14 twice in early 1996.

        Another former officer, Mark Chandler, was charged after an off-duty fight that left a man hurt.

        Both Mr. Chandler and Mr. Bex were suspended, then fired.

        A year ago, the city offered classes on ethnic discrimination after a veteran officer admitted to using racial slurs in a public restaurant.

       



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