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Decision pending — Meister won’t be fired

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Last week, Village Manager Patti Bates confirmed 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 soon.

As of press time, no decision had been made.

A Village Council executive session took place on Monday, Feb. 25, “for the discussion of the discipline of a public employee.” However, no public meeting took place that evening.

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

The Village had charged that Meister had violated four policies on the night of Dec. 13, 2018, when he did not respond to a shooting in the village while off duty but still at the station.

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.”

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