Gahanna police lieutenant resigns after time theft allegations

A still from security video provided by Gahanna police.
A still from security video provided by Gahanna police.

GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) – A Gahanna police lieutenant has resigned following accusations that he was not at work while he was paid for being at work.

According to a Columbus police Internal Affairs Bureau report, there a large body of evidence that Lieutenant Daniel Williams was not at work during a substantial amount of time that he was being paid for.

Between February 13 and April 22 of this year, investigators used surveillance cameras, key card records and also monitored Williams as he came and went from his home. They estimate that Lieutenant Williams was not at work for 84 hours and 50 minutes over the course of 285 working hours. That means he was not at the police department 29.75% of the time he said he was, according to the report.

Document: Informational Summary (final) – Overview of evidence related to theft of time

Document: Lieutenant Williams Separation Agreement 

The report breaks down the allegations by pay period.

Investigators combined key card access logs, security cameras and surveillance by investigators in order to arrive at the final number.

In a separation agreement dated July 28, 2016, the City of Gahanna agreed to pay Williams for unused vacation time, sick leave and comp time, minus 85 hours of vacation leave that Williams agreed to relinquish. He was earning $51.49 an hour at the time of his resignation.

The city also agreed to separate all documents regarding the investigation from Williams’ personnel file and maintain them as a separate document.

The city issued the following statement:

Re: Lieutenant Daniel Williams

Earlier this year, allegations of misconduct by Lt. Daniel Williams were brought to the attention of the City of Gahanna administration by fellow officers of the Gahanna Division of Police. Upon further review of the information received, the administration determined that an outside independent agency should conduct an investigation to ensure a fair and transparent process.  The City initiated a mutual aid request to the Columbus Division of Police (CPD) Internal Affairs Bureau which agreed to conduct the investigation.

The evidence collected during the course of the investigation by CPD determined that sufficient evidence existed to support that  Williams falsified public documents and time records related to hours for which he received compensation. Prior to the conclusion of the investigation, Williams voluntarily resigned from his position with the City on July 28, 2016. If Williams had not resigned his position he would have been subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to dismissal.  In addition, he agreed to pay restitution to the City for hours identified as paid but not worked.

The City is currently reviewing its policies and procedures in an effort to ensure transparency and accountability.

The City of Gahanna is appreciative of the members of the Gahanna Division of Police who demonstrated leadership in stepping forward to share their concerns to maintain the integrity of our city.  We are also grateful for the assistance provided by the Columbus Division of Police Internal Affairs Bureau.

 

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