Attorney says Sheriff must hold deputies accountable

Montgomery County Sheriff's badge. (WDTN Photo)
Montgomery County Sheriff's badge. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS is asking new questions about the investigation into 5 Montgomery County employees.

The Sheriff’s deputies are accused of sending racist text messages.

And Beairshelle Edmé is digging deeper into these allegations and their impact.

The deputies are not facing criminal charges, but they are being investigated for the alleged comments made via text messages.

Edmé sat down with an attorney to talk about what the Sheriff Office’s investigation into some of his own deputies may look like.

Two high-ranking deputies, Captain Tommy Flanders and Internal Affair’s Michael Sollenberger, are on paid administrative leave.

“Sheriff Plummer’s responsibility is to makes sure that the policies and procedures of his office are uphold,” explained attorney Michael Bly. “And he’s responsible for investigating questions involving those policies and procedures.”

2 NEWS obtained Sheriff Plummer’s 2013 annual report to look at the state of the Sheriff’s Office.

Following Plummer’s public message to the public, a Code of Ethics highlights the deputies duties.

Edmé asked Michael Bly about what violating the ethics could mean and also whether the deputies can be disciplined for their personal conversations.

Bly detailed that, “the code of conduct, which all of the sheriff’s deputies are sworn to uphold, include a statement to the effect that ‘I will keep my private life unsoiled as an example to all.’ ‘I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions,'” so it’s a standard that they go into their offices knowing that must be upheld and that would apply whether that’s on the job or off the job.”

Inside that same report obtained by 2 NEWS, the Sheriff lists the office’s mission statement and core values, which includes employees who “… ensure that their behavior earns the support and trust of all segments of the public.”

Sheriff Plummer expect the investigation to be completed in about two weeks.

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