Misconduct cited for deputy’s suspension

DAYTON, Ohio – New information on a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy put on suspension for violating the department’s ethical conduct policy.

It was a gig to make extra money, but instead it cost K-9 Deputy Gerald Bemis three days of pay.

An order of suspension obtained by 2 NEWS Investigates from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Bemis was buying and selling phones for a couple of months this winter.

That’s not illegal, but doing it at work, in uniform is against the sheriff’s office professional conduct manual. He was in violation of several rules including employment outside a sheriff’s office.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, all part time work has to be approved.

2 NEWS Investigates found Bemis had followed the rules in the past. We found at least six requests in his personnel record to work “off-duty” for different companies since 1997.

But, he did not have approval to sell and buy cell phones especially while he’s working and being paid with taxpayer dollars.

Of the 5 performance reviews included in our public records request, Bemis is described as a well-liked and respected deputy.

The sheriff’s office agrees with that, but says it has high standards. It believes Bemis was punished adequately and this is a mistake he won’t repeat.

We asked Major Daryl Wilson with the Sheriff’s Office about those cell phones Bemis was buying and selling. He said they were all legal and he was using Craigslist to find buyers.

We left a message with a family member of Bemis’ and have still not heard back from him.

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