Village of North Randall, OH (WOIO) - A police chief is the face of his or her department -- the leader, an example who sets the tone and the agenda for the troops. Wait until you see the example for the troops in North Randall.
Ronald Mosley's official photograph from his job as police chief in North Randall shows him suited in uniform. However, officers on the job more frequently see him when he holds a meeting, decked out in plain clothes. Not exactly spit and polish, but to each his own. What is concerning to some on the job is Chief Mosley's work habits.
Cleveland 19 News Senior Reporter Paul Orlousky went looking for answers Monday.
"We're actually here to talk to you about your schedule," said Orlousky.
"OK. What is it? What schedule?" replied Chief Mosley.
The chief told Cleveland 19 that he works noon to 9 p.m., and spends a lot of the day patrolling the village. But what can he do to fight crime? He drives an unmarked police SUV typically dressed in civilian clothes in a car with no police radio. Despite our efforts, we found he is nearly impossible to find patrolling.
What the chief didn't know was that in February, Cleveland 19's Orlousky got a tip that his police vehicle was rarely at the police department and more often found parked in his driveway. Pictures were also included with the tips, so Cleveland 19's investigative team started shooting their own pictures and following the chief, several days a week starting back in February.
In March, Cleveland 19 found him out of the village grabbing lunch at a Chick-Fil-A. Earlier he had a meeting with Mayor David Smith and left the department. On March 17, patrolling in the city in the city's police SUV included leaving the village again and eventually checking in at Thistledown, where he arranges security as part of his second employment.
On Monday of this week, the chief was scheduled to work dayside. Cleveland 19's Orlousky and investigative team began watching the chief's home at 8:30 a.m., where the chief remained inside until 1:15 p.m., when he finally drove to the police department and met up with a uniformed police officer. The officer walked up to the chief's SUV then got into to his patrol car and followed the chief out of the parking lot. The two met up in the parking lot of JACK Thistledown Racino. The chief and the uniformed patrol officer swapped vehicles. The patrol officer drove to a Shell Gas station nearby and filled up the chief's SUV while the chief waited at Thistledown in the cruiser. The officer returns and the two get back into their assigned vehicles. Both head back to the police department. This time the uniformed officer in the police cruiser parks and the police chief drives right through the parking lot and out the entrance. He was gone.
Cleveland 19's Paul Orlousky and the Cleveland 19 investigative team patrolled the village for quite a while, but the chief was nowhere to be found. Where did he go? His "reserved for police chief" parking spot was empty all day. It wasn't until 5:30 p.m. that the chief showed back up to the police station, still dressed in plain clothes.
Late Monday evening, Chief Mosley attended North Randall's City Council meeting, where he was greeted by Cleveland 19's Orlousky.
"Earlier in the day we saw you stop by, but you never went in," said Orlousky.
"Well, if you probably notice I probably stopped in and then I do patrolling," replied Chief Mosley.
Despite our repeated efforts, Cleveland 19 found he was nowhere to be found in the village, after having his uniformed patrol officer fill up his city-issued SUV. At city council, Chief Mosley simply sat in the audience while former Police Chief Dave Davis, who is now a part-time captain, represented the department before council. Isn't that the police chief's job?
According to Chief Mosley, "I'm really, I'm really on sick leave."
Chief Mosley said his health is responsible for his dress and work habits, so Cleveland 19's Orlousky asked the obvious question.
"You didn't put in for any sort of official medical leave or anything like that?" asked Orlousky.
"I did now," said Chief Mosley.
"You did or you didn't," inquired Orlousky, looking for clarity.
"I did not," confirmed the chief.
Cleveland 19 obtained photos from sources and video of our own. There were plenty of days where the chief was at home, with the city's car parked in the driveway. Also, to get into the police department, officers have to use an electronic fob. The chief says he doesn't have to, but it's the only way in.
Orlousky requested records of who has been coming and going with their fob through the police department door. He'll keep you updated.
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