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Chillicothe Mayor Investigates Police Chief for 3rd Time
CHILLICOTHE (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- A central Ohio mayor is investigating a woman's claim that she was threatened, intimidated, and bullied by the city's police chief.
Equal Employment Opportunities Director Tamra Lowe called Chillicothe police on Thursday and asked that officers remove Chief Roger Moore from her office.
"I've asked him to leave three times, but he's refusing to leave my office," Lowe told police.
Chief Moore called a dispatcher to determine if Lowe had contacted the department, then instructed the officer to "disregard" -- though it is unclear what his meaning was, according to Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson.
"That may have meant disregard his call, his inquiry of the 911 call," Mayor Everson said.
Everson is investigating the incident, and has received written statements from Moore and Lowe, who previously emailed the mayor to ask to be put on paid administrative leave because of her fear of the chief.
Mayor Everson has not decided if he will grant Lowe's request, but expects to know by Monday.
Everson has investigated Moore on two previous occasions, one which involved a shouting match outside a bar, and another that occurred after Moore had been pulled over for speeding by a state trooper.