Embattled Newcomerstown Police Chief Tim Miller submitted a one-sentence resignation letter Monday that was accepted without comment by Newcomerstown village council Monday evening.
A six-week investigation had resulted in seven charges being filed with Newcomerstown Village Council. Chief Miller had been suspended since July 24.
The seven charges included:
• Allegations of misconduct regarding a mandatory meeting for police personnel on or about July 17, 2009. For example, Miller is alleged to have used abusive, threatening and/or profane language.
• Allegations of inappropriate e-mails and/or memorandums on multiple occasions in his capacity as police chief, these occasions include, but are not limited to the following dates: Jan. 21, 2009; Feb. 4, 2009; and May 22, 2009. These e-mails and/or memorandums are also considered to be, but not limited to: Unprofessional, condescending and abusive and/or threatening.
• Allegations that Miller made audio recordings of matters concerning the village on multiple occasions. These recordings include, but are not limited to Miller’s recording the executive session of village council on or about Nov. 17, 2008, as well as conversations and/or meetings with village representatives, including, but not limited to village council members, village officials, and/or village employees.
• Allegations that Miller improperly processed, possessed and/or stored several pieces of evidence. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following items of evidence: Handgun, clip and bullets, marijuana, wallet of deceased, and money.
• Allegations that Miller authorized eight hours of pay for spouse Dana Miller, confidential records clerk, for the following dates: Oct. 6, 7 and 20, 2008. However, Mrs. Miller either worked less than eight hours or zero hours on those dates.
• Allegations on or about April 11, 2008, Miller addressed a suspect in an inappropriate manner. Miller’s conduct was, but not limited, to inappropriate touching, abusive, threatening, profane and/or hostile.
• Allegations on or about Jan. 29, 2008, Miller allegedly recommended to village council that his spouse receive a promotion and transfer.
The resignation canceled a disciplinary hearing for Miller, which had been set for Monday following the Newcomerstown Village Council meeting.
Miller received his police certification at the Coshocton Vocational School. In 1990, he started as a reserve officer in Newcomerstown. Four years later, he became a full-time police officer and in 2003 he was promoted to chief.
Mike Kennedy, a former Newcomerstown police sergeant, has been serving as interim police chief since Miller’s suspension.