Friday, October 5, 2012

More Wildlife Division officers being investigated

Scott Zody, the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s chief, has confirmed that the state is not finished investigating possible infractions of Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ employment policies by agency officers.

Zody’s disclosure comes via an electronic request made by a southwest Ohio man who has become something of a critic of potentially improper activities on the part of Natural Resources Department employees as well as possible alleged illegal conduct.

The question posed to Zody was whether one or more Wildlife Division officers - while on duty - helped butcher deer for non-agency purposes and having called the session as an official activity.

In his response, Zody confirmed that an investigation into the question is underway by the Ohio Inspector General.

Most recently the Natural Resources Department fired two wildlife officers for improper conduct, specifically, deer hunting while claiming to be on duty and also falsifying records to show they were working.

The two former officers are also facing charges in Brown County Court of Common Pleas for allegedly breaking state law.

The charges stem from the same background material used by the Natural Resources Department in firing the two former Wildlife Division officers.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Twitter: @Fieldkorn

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