Mayor files complaint against Aberdeen police chief

Vote could lead to chief's termination

ABERDEEN, Ohio – Aberdeen’s mayor filed a complaint Monday that could cost the village’s police chief his job.

Aberdeen Police Chief Greg Caudill will be brought before the village council next week for a vote that could lead to his termination.

Mayor Jason Phillips served Caudill with “Procedure for Removal of Village Marshal ” papers.

According to Ohio law, a mayor can file this complaint if he or she has reason to believe that a duly appointed marshal of the village is guilty of incompetency, inefficiency, dishonesty, drunkenness, immoral conduct, neglect of duty or any other acts of misfeasance.

Aberdeen’s mayor accuses Caudill of not living in the village as required – and not showing up for work since April 11.

The I-Team investigated two cases in the Aberdeen Police Department – one involving a possible conflict of interest when Caudill personally handled a death investigation involving his friend, the former chief of the department.

The former chief's wife was found hanged last August – a death ruled suicide by the Brown County coroner. But the department never gave the investigation to an outside agency, even though Caudill was inside his friend's home hours before the woman was found dead.

The I-Team also investigated the Aberdeen Police Department after Caudill fired a police officer turned whistleblower.

Officer Matt Disney was let go after speaking with state investigators about the chief's second job .

Brown County’s prosecutor declined to file charges after examining the case.

Former Aberdeen Mayor Harry Foxworthy resigned April 23, the day Disney filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the village.

The new mayor's complaint alleges Caudill did not report to work because of "injuries occurred outside of your employment with the village of Aberdeen and have resulted in you neglecting your duties as chief."

If two-thirds of Aberdeen’s village council votes for termination at the Monday, June 2 hearing, it could lead to Caudill’s firing.

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