2 Lincoln Heights police officers gone;

The Cincin­nati Enquirer (Ohio)
BYLINE: Quan Truong

Lin­coln Heights, OH

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Two vet­eran police sergeants named respon­si­ble for miss­ing vil­lage money are no longer work­ing for Lin­coln Heights.

DeAn­gelo Sum­ler and San­dra Steven­son served their last day for the depart­ment on March 8, Vil­lage Man­ager Robert Ban­nis­ter said on Tuesday.

Ban­nis­ter would not say whether the two resigned or if the vil­lage fired them. The Enquirer has sub­mit­ted a pub­lic records request to get more details on the separation.

A spe­cial state audit released in Decem­ber found miss­ing funds total­ing more than $23,000. About $8,600 of that dis­ap­peared from the police department’s evi­dence room and bank accounts between August 2005 and August 2008.

There were three police chiefs dur­ing that time: Sum­ler, Steven­son and Earnest McCowen.

McCowen retired in May 2007. Sum­ler and Steven­son were work­ing as police sergeants after their brief stints as interim police chiefs.

The other chunk of miss­ing funds, nearly $15,000, was blamed on for­mer mayor’s clerk Tamara Cortes, who was fired shortly after the inves­ti­ga­tion began.

The Hamil­ton County Prosecutor’s Office has decided not to press crim­i­nal charges against the four. Whether any civil action will be taken is up to the admin­is­tra­tion, although the vil­lage is cur­rently look­ing at recov­er­ing the funds through insur­ance claims first, Ban­nis­ter said.

Steven­son had been work­ing for Lin­coln Heights for nearly two decades and Sum­ler about 13 years. They were mak­ing $40,000 and $36,000 a year, respec­tively. Nei­ther could be reached for comment.

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March 17, 2010

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