City: Former Centerville police chief ‘did not commit any criminal violation’

An investigation concluded that former Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson did not engage in any misconduct while working a side job teaching training classes while working for the city, according to a statement released by the city Friday evening.

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The statement said allegations were made to City Manager Wayne Davis approximately two weeks before Robertson retired on Feb. 9 that Robertson was accepting state payment for teaching at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy while simultaneously being paid by the city as police chief.

Centerville hired attorney Thomas Schiff to investigate the allegations.

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“Schiff reviewed the complaint, associated documents and interviewed witnesses in preparing his conclusion that Robertson did not engage in misconduct,” the statement said. “Schiff concluded that Robertson did not fail to perform his duties as chief of police for the city of Centerville and performed such duties in an efficient and effective manner, even during his time teaching at OPOTA.”

Robertson worked for the city for nearly 40 years. His two-page resignation letter cited “a serious medical condition” as a reason he decided to retire.

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