Tuesday, January 27, 2009
DISCUSSION: CAN MARLBORO TRUSTEES WISE & WOLF SURVIVE? WHAT IS TAKING SHERIFF SWANSON SO LONG?
On December 31, 2009 Marlboro Township trustees Dave Wolf and Tim Wise are due to end their respective terms as trustee.
Undoubtedly, both will run for re-election.
But in light of the Marlboro Township Police Chief Ron Devies matter, can they be re-elected?
Area press reports have recounted how Marlboro Township trustees voted on January 12th to put the chief on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Stark County sheriff's department on possible misconduct involving township computers.
Today, Stephanie Ujhely of The Alliance Review reports that a furious crowd of Marlboro residents showed up at a regular township trustee meeting last night to demand Devies' reinstatement.
The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) understands that Chief Devies is a community institution.
And anyone who understands the political life of a community. If authorities go after a community institution, they had better be right or their own political future is in great jeopardy.
Such is exactly the position Trustees Dave Wolf and Tim Wise find themselves.
Their only hope for political survival is that Sheriff Swanson turns up a prosecutable offense in his investigation of Devies'. If he doesn't, then Wolf and Wise are political dead ducks.
It is now over two weeks since township computers were confiscated for investigation.
Why is it taking the sheriff so long?