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UPDATE — Village says Meister won’t be fired

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Village Manager Patti Bates confirmed on Friday, Feb. 22, that Yellow Springs Police Officer Dave Meister won’t be fired at the conclusion of the recent internal investigation into his professional behavior.

Bates added that she has yet to render her decision on any potential discipline, reaffirming that she hopes to do so by the end of the week or the beginning of next week.

A Village Council executive session has been added for Monday, Feb. 25, “for the discussion of the discipline of a public employee,” according to the Village this week. No public meeting will take place that evening.

Previously, the News reported that, in a decision released Wednesday, Feb. 20, pre-disciplinary hearing officer Jeffrey Hazlett concluded that Yellow Springs Police Officer Dave Meister did not violate any local police department policies by not responding to a shooting in the village in early December. (Read the report)

In response to the report, the Village issued a press release stating, in part, that, “the finding he did not violate policy was based, not upon the actual actions of Officer Meister, but upon the finding that Village policies were not specific enough to be absolutely clear in guiding Officer Meister’s actions in this case.” The press release adds, “The past few months have shown that the Village disciplinary processes are fair and just.”  (Read the full press release)

Read the full story in the 2/21 issue of the News.

Click here for other public records related to the Meister investigation.


2 Responses to “UPDATE — Village says Meister won’t be fired”

  1. Steve Gorman says:

    Why don’t they fire Patty Bates? She has been completely incompetent and corrupt since taking the position. Police chief Carlson should be fired as well. He is possibly the worst example of a police chief possible. They both should have been removed long ago.

  2. Robin Suits says:

    That village news release is about as stingy and mean spirited as you can get. And the conclusion — “The past few months have shown that the Village disciplinary processes are fair and just.” — is not backed up by any evidence.

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