The suit, which was filed in September 2016 and remains open, claims Lamanna was denied promotion to positions she was most qualified for and she was retaliated against for filing a Ohio Civil Rights Commission complaint.
In August, the Dayton Police Department launched an investigation to try to identify the source of a potential leak to the news media about police Chief Richard Biehl’s firearm having been stolen from his car, police officials testified at Lamanna’s hearing in December.
The Dayton Daily News had made a public records request related to the missing firearm that suggested someone inside the department had fed reporters information, police officials said.
Police said they did an audit of the department’s record system and discovered Lamanna had accessed the chief’s file.
But during an interview Lamanna denied looking at the chief’s information and claimed she had accessed the file of another officer, police said in the hearing.
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The record system audit indicated she had not looked at the other officer’s information, but it showed she had accessed the chief’s information multiple times, according to city attorneys and police officials.
In its decision, the Civil Service Board said Lamanna’s denials of accessing the personnel records were “mostly inconsistent, vague and confusing.”
Lamanna was accused and convicted of three civil service violations — any of which would be cause for termination — and the evidence presented at her hearing convincingly showed that the charges were valid, the board said.