Munsey reassignment draws more comments
To the editor:
In response to the May 10-16 article [“Bath Trustees seek ...”] regarding the reassignment of Lt. Richard Munsey from head of the Bath Police Detective Bureau to street patrol, I question whether this is standard protocol of Bath Police Chief Michael McNeely, the Bath Police Department or township trustees in disciplinary action.
In your article, Township Administrator William Snow had stated, “There have been some disagreements between Munsey and the chief over changes the chief has made.” Do disagreements warrant this type of treatment to someone as Richard Munsey, who has served to my knowledge 36 years on the force, with 26 of those in the Detective Bureau? Had there been other disciplinary action regarding Richard or evaluations of his job performance leading up to this demotion, although the chief does not view it as such? The facts are not clear, and we are left without answers.
Having known Rich since high school, I can say that law enforcement has always been a passion for Rich, as well as serving the community. I have never known of Rich doing anything immoral or illegal. I have not spoken to Rich of this issue, nor has Rich solicited the assistance of the community to my knowledge.
Rich has always been a private individual who has been there for those of us in need. Now I think Rich needs us. From my perspective, Rich has always been a great guy and inspiration to our class. Whether or not Rich had committed a wrong, we may never know. Personally, I think Rich was handed a mistreatment, possibly discriminatory in nature, by what has been written. Although I reside outside of Bath, I personally think Rich has served the community well. How can the reassignment of Rich make the department more operationally efficient, as stated by Chief Michael McNeely in the May 10 issue?
Rich’s background with his degrees and training are being wasted in being reassigned to the patrol unit. Could this be the result of politics or a power struggle? Only my opinion.
Tim Green, West Akron