By DENISE GRANT
Prior to being fired as acting Findlay police chief, Sean Young said he reported to a supervisor both ethical and criminal violations by his employer and by elected officials of the city, according to documents obtained by The Courier.
The State Personnel Board of Review, Columbus, has released Young’s initial letter of appeal to the state agency. The agency has jurisdiction over whistleblower cases.
“I am humbly requesting a hearing or investigation by your agency into my termination,” Young wrote in his appeal, dated Oct. 19, 2017. “…It is my belief that my report had great weight in the decision to terminate my employment with the City of Findlay.”
Young was fired by the city on Sept. 29, 2017, after an investigation by the Toledo Police Department upheld the city’s decision to remove him from duty after a Feb. 4, 2017, domestic violence incident at his home.
Young immediately appealed his firing with Findlay’s Civil Service Commission on Oct. 2, 2017. The state whistleblower case was filed on Oct. 24, 2017.
But Young withdrew the whistleblower case with the state agency on April 6, 2018, the same day he signed a settlement with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, who is listed as his employer on the settlement agreement.
Young’s withdrawal of the complaint ended the State Personnel Board of Review’s jurisdiction in the case, Christine A. Dietsch, executive director of the board, said this week.
In the settlement, Young also agreed to drop his appeal of his firing with Findlay’s Civil Service Commission.
The quick settlement of the appeals meant hearings on both cases were never held, and whatever evidence of wrongdoing Young may have had, may now be inaccessible.
The settlement also contains a gag order on Young and city officials.
The city paid Young $15,000 to settle the appeals. The agreement also amended Young’s personnel file to show he resigned from the city and was not fired.
Young pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge, but was never convicted since he was allowed, by a visiting judge, to enter a diversion program. Young completed a six-month domestic violence program.
The city put Young on administrative leave from Feb. 9, 2017, to Sept. 29, 2017, when he was fired. He was paid $52,945 while on administrative leave.