New Carlisle says no council misconduct found during investigation

New Carlisle concludes investigation into potential councilmember misconduct. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

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New Carlisle concludes investigation into potential councilmember misconduct. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF

An investigation into possible misconduct by a New Carlisle city council member was all a big misunderstanding.

That’s according to New Carlisle City Manager Randy Bridge, who reported to council that he finished his investigation and found nothing.

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“There was zero misconduct, no one violated the charter and it was a breakdown in communication,” Bridge said at a council meeting earlier this month.

Councilmember Bill Cook made the motion to investigate a council member during the July 1 regular council meeting. However, which member is being investigated and for what has been kept from the public.

Cook said at the meeting he felt it was best to keep the details of the investigation under wraps until it is thoroughly investigated.

“If the investigation turns out that the council member did something wrong, then we would have room for a charter violation and action to be taken against that council member,” Cook said. “If it proves to not be a fact, then I think the action is dead in the water.”

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Bridge told the council at the Aug. 5 meeting that there was an accusation that a councilmember ordered a contracted Clark County Sheriff’s deputy to leave his post and move to another area where fireworks were being watched. According to Cook, that would be a violation of the charter as only the city manager is allowed to give orders to employees and contracted deputies.

Bridge said however that no wrongdoing took place.

“The fact remains it was a miscommunication about where they were supposed to be and who said what,” Bridge said.

The city manager said his office will work harder next year to make sure everyone is on the same page during the fireworks so that there is no confusion and participants are safe.

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