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AMHERST, Ohio (WJW) – The Amherst sheriff is on paid administrative leave while city officials investigate working conditions at the department.

Police Chief Joseph Kucirek on Friday announced the administrative leave, stating that a “verification investigation” would take place regarding the “climate and working conditions of the city Amherst Police Department and environmental reports.” toxic field”.

The leave is subject to an independent climate assessment of Amherst . Police Department conducted by Beavercreek’s LMS Consulting.

NS FOX 8 I-Team requested a public record to obtain a copy of the review.

The 27-page report said the review was requested by Mayor Mark Costilow and Director of Safety Services John Jeffreys, who were concerned about staff turnover at the police department.

The review notes at the present time, “The leadership style used by the sheriff is defined as a rule-based authoritative/transactional leadership style with a military-like, award-winning approach. full control over the department.” The officers interviewed said they felt threatened and the sheriff didn’t care about them personally or their families. They say the head tells them if they want a family, “Find another job.”

“A change in the current leadership style is required or the employee change will most likely continue,” the review said.

The head issued the following statement:

“For all those requesting public records of the APD climate assessment, please see the attached statement:

In my more than 30 years with the Amherst Police Department, I have always strived to conduct myself to the highest standards, including the honor and integrity required by this noble profession, and more importantly, by society. ask us.

I know that the community supports our agency because of the hard work, compassion, and professionalism of our officers, coordinators, and employees, which I am very proud of.

For all those requesting public records of the APD climate assessment, please see the attached statement:

In my more than 30 years with the Amherst Police Department, I have always strived to conduct myself to the highest standards, including the honor and integrity required by this noble profession, and more importantly, by society. ask us.

I know that the community supports our agency because of the hard work, compassion, and professionalism of our officers, coordinators, and employees, which I am very proud of.

Chief Joseph Kucirek

It is not known how long the city’s investigation will last.

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