Bath administrators’ decision questioned
To the editor:
It is high time that the Bath Township trustees take a drink of their coffee and wake up.
Recently, the West Side Leader has published [letters to the editor] regarding the reassignment of Richard Munsey to the Patrol Division of the Bath Police Department. I’m sure the bulk of the Bath Township community thoroughly supports Mr. Munsey and shares the questions and opinions, which were revealed in each of the respective [letters].
My husband was Harold Egbert, who in the 1960s helped organize the township’s police force and was instrumental in the guidance of many fine officers, including Richard Munsey. He would be sickened about the turbulence the police department is currently experiencing.
Personally, I too was appalled by the article in the May 10-16 issue of the West Side Leader denouncing Det. Lt. Richard Munsey [“Bath trustees seek to establish state historic district in Bath”]. As mentioned in the previous [letters], this officer has been a pillar in the Bath community for nearly 35 years and has more than proven himself to be an asset to the Bath Township Police Department. He has earned the right to be treated with respect not only from the West Side Leader staff but, more importantly, from the members of the Bath Police Department and the Bath Township administration. The township administrator, William Snow, had the audacity to make statements to the West Side Leader that demonstrated such little regard for this fine officer and actually embarrassed Bath Township. Most every business has minor personnel problems, but you don’t see them on the front page of the West Side Leader. When this appeared in print, an outsider could only conclude that this was not a case of the chief “making the department more operationally efficient,” as was stated, but rather one of the chief demonstrating “who’s boss.”
It appears that the Bath Township administration, which includes its police chief, can only overreact to their internal “disagreements” and then expect approval and applause publicly.
Richard Munsey is no doubt one of the most highly educated investigators in Northeast Ohio, and to take him out of the detective bureau is in itself a crime. The citizens of Bath Township should demand that their elected officials examine what is happening to their police department. Again, wake up Bath Township administration. You have a serious situation “brewing,” and only you have the power to control it — or the people of the township may remember this at election time.
Ruth Egbert, Bath
Editor’s note: The writer of the Bath Township Board of Trustees report that appeared in the May 10, 2007, West Side Leader was reporting on the personnel matters addressed at that meeting when she noted Bath Police Lt. Richard Munsey had been reassigned, as reported by township Administrator Bill Snow. Munsey was given an opportunity to respond but did not return calls for comment.