Small-town Ohio police chief with huge Facebook following suspended; reason not revealed

Associated Press

The police chief of a small northeast Ohio community who's become a social media celebrity because of his posts on the department's Facebook page has been suspended without pay for two weeks.

The Akron Beacon Journal ( ) reports that Brimfield Township police Chief David Oliver is not allowed to say why he was suspended starting Tuesday or what departmental policy he might have violated.

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An attorney for the township would not divulge any details and says an outside lawyer was hired to investigate.

Oliver has been police chief for 20 years. The department's Facebook page features Oliver's frequent and quirky posts about whatever's on his mind. It has more than 177,000 "likes."

The department serves about 10,000 residents.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,