Judge Reinstates Sergeant Fired For Charging Mayor, Police Chief With Felonies

A judge gave New Holland Police Sgt. Brad Mick his job back, nine months after he was fired for being a whistleblower.

New Holland, OH – A judge has ordered that a police sergeant who was fired for being a whistleblower must be reinstated at his police department and receive full back pay.

New Holland Police Sergeant Brad Mick was terminated right after he executed a search warrant on his own department and filed charges against the mayor, police chief, and former police chief on July 23, 2018.

Sgt. Mick told Blue Lives Matter that he was relieved to have his job back, but he doesn't yet know when he actually returns to the New Holland Police Department.

Sgt. Mick filed a whistleblower protection affidavit with New Holland Fiscal Officer Mavis Yourchuck a week before he arrived at a special meeting of the village council and served Mayor Clair “Butch” Betzko with a court summons, the Fayette Advocate reported.

The Fayette Advocate reported that Sgt. Mick filed the same whistleblower protection affidavit with the mayor, police chief, and New Holland Village Council Vice President Gregg Shaw.

Regardless of the preparatory steps he had taken, Sgt. Brad was fired on the spot after he served New Holland Interim Police Chief David Conrad with a court summons for the charges against him during a meeting of the village council, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“Folks, just to let you know, when you do the right thing around here, you get terminated for it,” Sgt. Mick told the crowd afterward on a live video feed from the meeting.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the part-time, mostly volunteer New Holland Police Department, which serves a town of 800 residents, has been caught up in a number of scandals and controversies lately.

On July 5, the Columbus Dispatch reported Chief William “Jason” Lawless had resigned his position, effective July 15, and claimed he was moving out of state for his wife’s job.

Former Chief Lawless also served as the village administrator, for which he was paid a $65,000 annual salary, although his volunteer police chief position was unpaid.

He has been chief since the police department was created in December of 2016.

The chief ran for sheriff of Pickaway County twice and lost both times, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

In May, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office charged then-Chief Lawless and New Holland Police Captain David Conrad with a misdemeanor count each of criminal trespassing after the two ignored requests to leave the property of a woman they’d had an ongoing speed trap battle with just outside the village, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Both men pleaded not guilty, and a special prosecutor was appointed to handle their cases. But in the meantime, Capt. Conrad was appointed the interim police chief upon the departure of Chief Lawless.

Sgt. Mick’s allegations against the former and current police chief have everything to do with that transfer of power.

According to the search warrant signed at 7:32 p.m. on July 21 by Municipal Court Judge Gary Dumm, Chief Conrad is suspected of forging former Chief Lawless’s signature on a form that was submitted to the Ohio attorney general’s office on July 16, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

The form was required to change the police chief’s status from chief to reserve officer, and had also been signed by the mayor.

In the affidavit requesting the search warrant, Sgt. Mick wrote that former Chief Lawless was in Alabama on the date the paperwork was signed, and also noted that the village employee who witnessed the signatures on the form admitted that the former chief’s signature was forged, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Sgt. Mick filed a fifth-degree felony charge of forgery in Circleville Municipal Court against Chief Conrad, who also is Pickaway County’s emergency management director, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

He also filed a fifth-degree felony charge of complicity to commit forgery against Betzko, the mayor who is also a former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy.

Sgt. Mick also filed misdemeanor charges of telecommunications harassment and dereliction of duty against former Chief Lawless for his role in helping a local woman harass the editor of a local online news website, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

The former chief was alleged to have let the woman call and taunt the man from his desk phone at police headquarters.

The mayor was also charged with misdemeanor obstructing official business for trying to stop Sgt. Mick from interviewing the woman who made the harassing phone call from the chief’s desk, court records showed.

Sgt. Mick was fired just seconds after he served the targets of his investigation with summonses, in direct contradiction to the whistleblower protections provided by Ohio law, the Fayette Advocate reported.

He appealed his termination and contended that his termination was political retaliation for the search warrant and summonses he served upon his supervisors.

Pickaway County Court of Common Pleas Judge P. Randall Knece agreed with that assessment and ordered that Sgt. Mick be reinstated to the police department, the Fayette Advocate reported.

"I'm thrilled about Judge Knece's ruling," Sgt. Mick told Blue Lives Matter. "It's been a nine-month long process and I'm looking forward to serving the citizesn of New Holland again. I thank them and everyone else who has supported me"

Sgt. Mick said the time since he was fired has been financially stressful for him and his family and he suffered some depression as a result.

Knece determined that Sgt. Mick should also receive full back pay for lost wages going back to the date he was fired.

Comments (11)
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JBo
JBo

Wow! You need a map, directions and a play book to follow this. I think in the earlier post about this situation that was made sometime back, I mentioned that I thought Sgt. Mick probably needed a wheel barrow and fork lift to move his ba...ummmm... family jewels around.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Wow! How to make friends and influence people! Glad he was found to be correct!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Good job Sgt.!!! It seems like there’s an over abundance of corruption in that little village. Did firing the Sgt. make those criminals think that everything would go away? ALL the criminal corruption players need to sit their sorry asses in jail for a while to see if they are able to learn a lesson (However, I doubt they would learn anything).

Signal10
Signal10

Good job Sarge! I'm not sure I'd want to go back! Talk about a hostile work environment.

NomonK
NomonK

It takes a man with the greatest integrity, strength and gonads as big as footballs to do this. He is a hero of the highest calibre.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Watch your back brother...

HH3
HH3

Sounds like a new chief to me. Then sheriff!!! Integrity of the highest caliber! Well done and God speed .

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

Sgt Mick has a GIANT set that clanks when he walks....Good job sir!

Badge204
Badge204

Great job. Watch your 6 all the time! Trust NO ONE

Otherside2
Otherside2

The http://thefayetteadvocate.com/2019/03/27/judge-orders-sgt-mick-reinstated-to-new-holland-police-department/ Was written by a man that was charged and convicted of impersonating an officer. He has also been charged and convicted of stalking and menacing. Look it up his name is Derek Myers. You all are going off a fake news outlet. Brad Mick and Derek Myers have been working together to slander and stalk the Mayor of New Holland. The Mayor was actually a real officer of the law. He has been awarded the metal of valor along with so many commendation this page isn’t long enough for. You are actually playing into a criminals game. Giving power to people who have never actually walked the blue line. By making Brad Mick seem like a hero you are empowering a man who has never served or would even know how too. Isn’t anyone curious why he is a cop in a town of 800 people? He was let go from his last paid officers position. It is because he is a bad cop!!! He couldn’t do his job properly. No crime was ever committed by the Mayor or any other person this officer Brad Mick charged. Brad Mick never did an investigation. He never took this fake issue to another department because there was never a crime committed. No other agency would have charged any of these people because there was no crime. No facts, no victims, no crime. Wake up officers! Brad Mick and Derek Myers made up this whole situation together. Brad Mick caused his own problem for a news story. Derek Myers the writer of Fayette advocate gained followers and continues to slander and stalk the Mayor and others with the help of Brad Mick! Read the Columbus dispatch it tells that the judge allowed Brad Mick to go back. It also reads that Brad Mick did not act with in guidelines and was also at fault in this situation.

Otherside2
Otherside2

Straight from a real news source! "It is certain that the Village of New Holland did not follow the procedures prescribed by law," Knece wrote of Mick's dismissal. "It is also certain ... that Appellant Mick did not follow the prescribed procedures."