Read the first report: Clark County 911 coordinator placed on administrative leave
Combs was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 6, according to sheriff’s department documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.
The internal investigation was launched on Oct. 15 after three members of the sheriff’s office filed formal complaints on Oct. 10 saying Combs had made derogatory statements about them, according to sheriff’s office documents.
In one of the complaints, one of the three staff members, Detective Scott Cultice said on Oct. 9 he and Combs were in a car together going to Columbus to pick up some computer equipment when the two began talking about the new Clark County dispatch center, the complaint said.
“I asked what the issues were in the process. He stated that he was the only one that really pushed for the (dispatch center) to move forward,” Cultice’s complaint said.
The detective said Combs then began, “bad-mouthing,” Elliot and Clark, the complaint said.
“I know his demeanor was very negative about Nicole and Major as well as the administration. I then changed the subject because it was to the point I had heard enough because I do not agree with his outlook on those two,” the detective’s complaint said.
Once Cultice returned to the office later that day, he pulled Elliot and Clark aside and told them about Combs’ remarks. The three then decided to file complaints about the incident.
As a result of the complaints, an internal investigation was launched that lasted nearly three months — with 15 Sheriff’s department staff being interviewed, including Burchett and Combs. In the closing statement of the investigation, Combs was found to have violated multiple policies, including sexual harassment and bullying, in numerous different incidents spanning several years.
Combs denied all allegations made against him during the investigation, according to sheriff’s documents. The Springfield News-Sun reached out to Combs’ lawyer, Nathan Stuckey, for comment about the investigation but he was unavailable for comment Thursday.
Prior to the investigation, Combs had never been the subject of a serious investigation at the sheriff’s office in his 20 years there, according to his personnel file.
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