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Police chief accused of lying on application



Published: Sat, October 21, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



FOSTORIA, Ohio (AP) -- A grand jury has accused the city's police chief of lying on his job application and r & eacute;sum & eacute;, but the chief's attorney said Friday his client will plead innocent.

John McGuire, 37, who was hired as chief of this northwest Ohio city in February, was indicted Thursday on charges of tampering with records and falsification. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

"We're looking forward to a trial," said defense attorney Dean Henry. "He is looking forward to being cleared."

The indictment from the Seneca County grand jury did not spell out what information McGuire is accused of falsifying. He previously worked for police departments in Upper Sandusky and Perkins Township near Sandusky.

Lawsuit filed

The union that represents Fostoria police officers and dispatchers has accused McGuire of embellishing his r & eacute;sum & eacute; and job application. The union has filed a civil lawsuit challenging McGuire's hiring.

The indictment was handed down after the prosecutor's office asked the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to look into union's complaints.

City officials have dismissed the union's allegations, saying the city's consulting firm checked the backgrounds of all final candidates for police chief.

Mayor John Davoli said the city was aware of McGuire's education and previous police positions. He said McGuire will remain on the job while the case is pending.

Henry said McGuire would be making no comments on the matter.




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