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Fired Chillicothe Police Chief Speaks out, Says He may File Lawsuit Against City

CHILLICOTHE (Steve Levine) -- Former Chillicothe Police Chief Roger Moore is still getting over the sting of being fired Last week, a month after he was suspended with pay, amid accusations of professional misconduct.

"I was really surprised I was terminated", said Moore.

Moore, 48, was axed Friday, just days after a hearing officer ruled he could face disciplinary action on seven charges, including failing to send written apologies to the Ross County Sheriff and City Schools Superintendent. Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson ordered the letters be sent, claiming Moore had been insubordinate to the two public officials.

Moore claims all of the city disciplinary accusations had been addressed with the Mayor before he was suspended.

"The majority, if not all, of them, were either dealt with, or the mayor was aware of them, and never said anything to the contrary that it was misconduct," said Moore.

"Trying to work with Roger, on these issues, there was compliance, but then they resurfaced," said Everson.

Moore is now firing back, he has sent a letter to Chillicothe Officials demanding he be given his job back, or he will file a lawsuit against the city claiming his termination was retaliation for filing an Ohio Worker's Compensation Claim on behalf of his wife, a retired firefighter, who died in 2012 from lung cancer.

"As soon as it was filed, everyone started coming after me," said Moore.

The Mayor refutes the allegations, saying, "There's no retaliation for filing a claim, that is ludicrous," he said

Moore and his Columbus attorney Thomas Tootle have given the city until September 5 to reinstate him, or else they say they will file the retaliation charges with the court.

Moore says he also plans to appeal his dismissal with The Civil Service Commission.
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