CINCINNATI -- An Internal Affairs investigation of Major Charmaine McGuffey blamed her for creating a hostile work environment.
The 9 On Your Side I-Team requested and reviewed copies of McGuffey's 339-page personnel file and the Internal Affairs investigations of her conduct. In all, more than a dozen employees complained about her.
McGuffey is the highest-ranking woman in the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. She said Sheriff Jim Neil told her she would lose her management duties as of June 1.
The sheriff's office decided Corrections Officer Jason Mize used excessive force when he pushed a 61-year-old inmate headfirst into a wall. According to internal records, McGuffey told Mize he should be charged criminally. The prosecutor's office declined to present the case to a grand jury. Mize resigned six months later.
"The sheriff absolutely knew that I was asking questions about our use of forces," McGuffey said. "He attended meetings to that effect."
A sheriff's office memo written by Neil on Feb. 10, 2017 shows he approved a 9.5 percent pay raise for McGuffey to $98,705 a year, nearly a month after Internal Affairs began investigating her. The sheriff's office said all majors were given raises to keep them at a certain level above captain pay.
According to the memo, the raise was retroactive to Jan. 12, the day after the first complaint was filed about McGuffey's behavior. By the time the sheriff wrote that memo, a dozen employees had been interviewed by Internal Affairs.