In recommending Hesler’s termination, Miami Twp. Police Chief Charlie Stiegelmeyer noted the veteran officer’s violation of the department’s recording policy, its code of conduct and core values, according to township documents.
His termination followed a claim by a department supervisor “that Hesler was being untruthful,” Friday’s ruling by appellate Judge Michael Tucker states.
The appeals ruling upholds a December 2020 decision by county Judge Timothy O’Connell. O’Connell ordered the township “to immediately offer reinstatement” to Hesler.
“The court orders Defendant, Hesler, to be paid all lost wages and benefits with seniority restored, less any wages and benefits earned as a result of being employed elsewhere during the time period from May 21, 2019 until his date of return to employment,” O’Connell wrote.
The Dayton Daily News reached out to Miami Twp. regarding the appeals court ruling, but officials did not respond by Monday’s deadline.
Hesler’s attorney, Stephen Lazarus, said “I think we’re pleased that Doug’s going to get back to work (with Miami Twp.) and we’re sorry that this took so long to get resolved.”
He has not yet been reinstated by Miami Twp., Lazarus said Monday afternoon.
Hesler was hired as a police officer in July 2019 by Perry Twp., Lazarus said. But “but he’s not making the money he was in Miami Twp.,” he said.
Lazarus said the township could appeal the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.