The City of Findlay has reached an out-of-court agreement with former acting police chief Sean D. Young that will resolve both the local and state appeals of his firing last year.
The settlement calls for the city to pay $15,000 to Young, who was placed on administrative leave and eventually fired as the result of a Feb. 4, 2017, domestic violence incident.
The agreement also amends Young’s personnel file to show he resigned from the city and was not fired. That presumably will allow him to seek work in the law enforcement field if he desires.
Another part of the agreement prohibits either side from publicly “disparaging the other.”
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the settlement ends a case that could have lingered for months, if not years, on appeal. Young’s two appeals have already kept the police department from filling certain administrative positions.
“We are happy to have this matter concluded,” Mihalik said Wednesday.
Neither Young, 46, nor his attorney, Kevin Greenfield of Toledo, returned phone calls seeking comment Wednesday.
The development means a hearing scheduled today and Friday before the Findlay Civil Service Commission will not be held. That appeal involved Young’s claim that he should not have been terminated as a city employee — the issue resolved in the settlement.
Meanwhile, a related appeal before the Ohio State Personnel Board of Review has also been dropped as a result of the settlement. Young had appealed his September firing and had sought whistleblower status with the Board of Review.
Findlay Law Director Don Rasmussen has said the basis of the whistleblower case was Young’s claim that he was fired in retaliation for a September 2016 incident when then police Chief Greg Horne and Young clashed with Mayor Mihalik because she was bypassing Findlay Municipal Building security while carrying a concealed 9 mm Glock pistol. The mayor has a concealed-carry license.
Rasmussen later determined the mayor is considered a law enforcement officer under Ohio law, and can conceal-carry within the municipal building.
The gun dispute preceded the Feb. 4, 2017, domestic incident when Young threw a video camera at his wife at the couple’s rural Bluffton residence during a birthday party. Toni Young received medical treatment for a head injury and filed for a civil protection order.
Young, who was serving as Findlay’s acting police chief at the time, was charged with domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was placed on administrative leave. His termination came in September after a review of the incident by the internal affairs section of the Toledo Police Department found he had violated four administrative rules as well as the domestic incident.
Young pleaded guilty to the domestic violence charge, but was never convicted since he was allowed, by a visiting judge, into a diversion program and completed a six-month domestic violence program. He recently filed a motion to have the criminal case expunged in Findlay Municipal Court. The motion is scheduled to be heard May 3.
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