by Eric Sandy
The Beacon Journal has learned that the investigation against Oliver focused on a complaint that a female patrol officer filed. She told an investigator she was subjected to repeated touching and restraining as well as other physical abuse and verbal attacks by Oliver.In patently folksy tone, Oliver reacted on Facebook:
While Oliver’s actions were not sexual in nature, the female officer told investigators, she said he bullied her on an almost daily basis. She asked the chief repeatedly not to hug her or restrain her, a request that Oliver ignored for two years, she said.
I am a hugger and a laugher. I have hugged every employee in that building more than once. I usually hug everyone I meet. I believe life is fun. People have stopped into the department from lots of different states for hugs.The now-former chief cleaned out his office yesterday. Township trustees will hold a 3:30 p.m. meeting, where they are expected to sign off on this retirement news.
When I hugged officers in the department, it was comical. Everyone laughed and carried on about it. It was something funny in the middle of what can be a very stressful job. I never once hugged an employee for “dirty” reasons or as something vulgar. That is just not my speed.