Douglas Hesler

Report shows police officer fired after ‘racially insensitive’ words to co-worker

Veteran officer Douglas Hesler’s May 20 termination followed an arbitrator’s ruling denying his grievance for a five-day suspension tied to the 2018 racial remarks, according to documents obtained by this news organization through a public records request.

The arbitrator’s ruling also cites a 2016 disciplinary action against Hesler for which records show he had a suspension without pay.

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The 2016 action followed comments Hesler made “about department personnel and the ills he hoped they encountered,” records show.

The arbitrator “notes the warning in the Oct. 12, 2016 disciplinary letter to the grievant that ‘future similar conduct will result in more severe discipline, which may include termination,’ ” the May 15 ruling states.

Hesler was hired by Miami Twp. in 2007 and served as the department’s K-9 handler.

He was fired after a vote by township trustees during a special meeting, records show. That vote came after a recommendation from Police Chief Charlie Stiegelmeyer.

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