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York officers face termination

Written by Mark Walters, York Daily Record | Apr 29, 2015 9:30 AM
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(York) -- The public could get a chance on May 8 to hear from two York city police officers on the chopping block.

York City Police Officers Michael Davis' and Jeremy Mayer's potential terminations stem from their allegations that other York police officers were involved in a criminal conspiracy. Davis and Mayer asserted that officers with the city's Drug Task Force and Chief Wes Kahley were involved in wrongdoing, according to documents provided by Michael Doweary, business administrator for the city.

But the officers had no proof and took no steps to obtain proof of the wrongdoing, documents state.

The officers were issued notices of their disciplinary charges -- both dated April 8 -- which included not passing their allegations up the chain of command. They were put on unpaid administrative leave shortly thereafter, Doweary said Tuesday.

Davis and Mayer took their allegations to the York County District Attorney's and Pennsylvania Attorney General's offices, both of which declined to open an investigation, Doweary said. That procedure broke the city's internal affairs policy after the officers were not satisfied with the city's internal investigation, he said.

The city has protections in place for whistleblowers, Doweary said, but they only apply if the accusers handle the case properly and follow the correct channels. Davis and Mayer should have contacted their union's counsel through the White Rose Lodge #15 Fraternal Order of Police or their immediate superiors, he said.

The allegations made by Davis and Mayer, who could not be reached for comment, originated from former police Captain Russell Tschopp, according to their notices, which were signed by different department captains.

Beginning in early 2014 and continuing for several months, Tschopp voiced concerns of wrongdoing within the city's Drug Task Force, alleging criminal conspiracy and theft by certain officers, according to the notices. Tschopp, who recently retired, could not be reached for comment.

At next week's hearing, a decision on the future of Davis' and Mayer's employment will likely be reached, Doweary said. It will be like a court proceeding, he said.

"They will be trying to prove they didn't do anything wrong," Doweary said. "The administration will present its side and city council will have to make a decision."

Davis is the president of the city's police union. The Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania Lodge could not be reached for comment.

Contact Mark Walters at 717-771-2032.

Hearing before York City Council

York City Police Officers Michael Davis and Jeremy Mayer will get a public hearing before York City Council on May 8.

The hearing, which starts at 8 a.m. in council chambers at city hall, will allow Davis and Mayer the chance to argue their case and prove they did not do anything wrong, said Michael Doweary, business administrator for the city.

A decision on the future employment statuses of the officers will likely be rendered at the hearing, Doweary said.

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Commissioner: York cops no longer in York County Drug Task Force

York County officials: Drug task force split patched up


This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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