CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The second highest ranking police official at the Cincinnati Police Department who has been with the agency more than three decades calls City Manager Harry Black's assertion that a "rogue element" is corrupting the agency "reckless, unfortunate and grossly inaccurate."
Executive Assistant Police Chief Dave Bailey made the comments Thursday in a letter to Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Dan Hils posted on "Support the Blue in Cincy" Facebook page.
Bailey also is among two other top ranking police officials blamed in a sexual discrimination EEOC complaint against the police department that District 5 Captain Bridget Bardua filed Monday.
Reached for comment, Bailey confirmed he wrote the letter that Hils posted online.
He declined further comment, saying the letter spoke for itself:
Since we initially talked there are many accusations that have been made by the City Manager and Department commanders. In my view, these comments are reckless, unfortunate and grossly inaccurate. They are not only self serving, they are irresponsible and harmful to the agency. Rest assured I'm confident additional information will come to light that will invalidate these claims.
As you know I am in a legal position which prohibits me from speaking more specifically. I want you to know I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the men and women who work hard everyday to provide professional police services to our communities. I am equally proud of our community partners who make our city safe, and finally, I have been fortunate to have a career serving this agency. As those in power attempt to tarnish I will remain loyal to CPD, it's members and the FOP. Thanks for all your assistance in this matter."
Bailey has been with the police department since June 1987 and has worked in all five police districts and nearly every other area of the police department.
On Wednesday, the city manager called for federal prosecutors to investigate what he calls "a rogue element" that is corrupt in the police department.
Black said he is concerned our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer obtained a draft form of an audit on police overtime.
A copy FOX19 NOW received from a city spokesman Wednesday concluded overtime has bad oversight, confusion about the rules and "intentional actions of maximize compensation."
Bailey and Captain Jeff Butler, who also is named in Bardua's sexual discrimination complaint, prepared the report.
Bardua said Butler, unexpectedly pulled into the driveway of her home at 10:15 p.m. to discuss an audit of District 5 overtime. He told her he was upset about it.
Butler told Bardua, according to the complaint, "'You know things are getting bad.' "Butler stated 'He (meaning the police chief) will not survive this. It's either you or him.' Captain Bardua took that to mean that either she or the Chief was getting terminated."
The audit revealed millions of dollars spent in overtime, with at least 15 bringing in tens of thousands of dollars in overtime each. The report also indicates an inordinate amount of overtime is centered in District 5
The top five:
- $126,225: District 5 Neighborhood Liaison Sgt. Jason Volkerding
- $92,215 215 Sgt. Jason Scott, who also works in District 5
- $86,245 Sgt. Ronald Hale
- $82,723 Bardua
- $68,699: Sgt. Timothy Lanter