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Warren’s next police captain wants to apologize

Published: Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m.

WARREN — The Warren Civil Service Commission has certified that Lt. Joseph Marhulik is the next person in line to become captain in the Warren Police Department.

But Marhulik’s promotion will remain on hold while Marhulik, the city administration and members of two community groups talk about the events that led up to Marhulik’s suspension for making racially charged remarks to several people last August, said Doug Franklin, Warren safety-service director.

Marhulik was recently suspended for two weeks without pay after a series of incidents on a Sunday night while off duty, in which he called two men on bicycles a derogatory name for a black person and caused a disturbance at two low-income housing projects in the city.

Marhulik served the suspension by using two weeks of vacation time, said Gary Cicero, Warren human relations director.

Marhulik makes $31.42 per hour, or $65,354 per year, which means his two-week suspension cost him $2,514.

If Marhulik were promoted to captain, he would make $36.12 per hour, or $75,140 per year.

Franklin said he and Marhulik met with the Trumbull County Ministerial Alliance, an organization of black ministers, and Marhulik made it clear he “wants to repair the damage he has caused” through his actions on Aug. 16, Franklin said.

A second meeting between Marhulik and some additional black leaders is also planned, Franklin said.

“Lieutenant Marhulik has expressed remorse and a strong willingness to try to explain and apologize to the community,” Franklin said.

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