Chief Caught Double-Dipping Forced To Retire

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio - What's the real reason a high-ranking local official has been forced to retire? The Investigator Tom Meyer knows why.

Meyer found out that the fire chief in North Olmsted could be in trouble with the law. The official word is that the chief is retiring in about a month, but Action News has learned that the reason his office is empty is because he's been forced to resign for allegedly double-dipping on taxpayers' time.

Still, the mayor of North Olmsted, Norm Musial, wouldn't suggest any wrongdoing.

"It was mutual separation between him and the city of North Olmsted," Musial said.

Chief Edward Bak had a good thing going. While he was supposed to be at fire headquarters making $330 a day, he was occasionally substitute teaching in the North Olmsted School District. He collected a second paycheck as a teacher on city time.

When asked pointblank if Bak was double-dipping, the mayor refused to say.

"He may have," Musial said. "I have not seen the file. I can't positively answer that."

Bak declined an on-camera interview, but told Meyer that it's simply a case of sloppy record keeping. He said that he had time off when he worked as a teacher, but never made record of it.

He admitted that he was forced to retire.

Hat still leaves the question: If the chief was double-dipping as long as a year ago, why wasn't he caught much earlier?

"This is a people organization," Musial said. "You have all kinds of aspects going on here. It's hard to keep track of everything."

Bak is expected to retire with a full pension.

Action News has been told that the case has been turned over to the county prosecutor's office. That office, however, could not say what, if anything, it plans to do.