KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A Kettering police officer and a dispatcher have resigned.
Police Chief James O’Dell confirms to 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé that Lieutenant William “Bill” Karolyi resigned after a co-worker brought to light allegations of misconduct.
O’Dell says that co-worker filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint, which lead to an internal investigation.
No EEOC violation was found, but Chief O’Dell tells 2 NEWS, “The conduct of these employees did not rise to the level to the expectation that our citizens demand, the city, particularly the Kettering Police. It just fell short of our expectations.”
Chief O’Dell explained that both employees violated the department’s Code of Ethics.
Frm. Lt. Karolyi also confirms this with Edmé and says,”I made a foodlish mistake. I didn’t cheat on the Kettering Police department. I cheated on my family and that’s who I need devote myself to right now is my family.”
The high-ranking officer had a “one-time affair” his subordinate, the dispatcher, 7 months ago.
However, he remains firm that the affair never interferred with his duties.
When asked, what he would tell taxpayers, those he is sworn to protect, about the affair, Karoyli said, “That it had absolutely nothing to do with my work. It had nothing to do with my work product.”
But despite that self-evaluation, retiring Chief O’Dell says there are no exceptions when it comes to meeting his department’s standard.
It’s why he said he’s, ‘disappointed in some respects, but I’m also very proud that we did the right thing here.”
Karolyi, who was on the short list for next chief of police, says he made the decision along with the chief to resign and will focus on his family.
2 NEWS has asked for Karoyli’s personnel and disciplinary record with the department. We are expected to receive them next week.