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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.

Read more in Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1anothermike(226 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

No excuse for anyone [especially a public servant] to make any derogatory remarks to anybody, but you can rest assured that if it was in reverse, no black "ministers" would be anywhere to be found. Serena shot her mouth off and so did Kenye West made a jackass out of himself [not difficult for him] and nothing from Jesse, Sharpton or anyone else.

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2candystriper(575 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

apology accepted...who wants a piece of pie?

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

No need for an apology Joe, just don't let it happen again .

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4YanniBGood(12 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

I think that the best solution to this embarrassment would be to listen to his explanation (it would HAVE to be a classic), accept his apology, then assign him to full time bicycle inspector. This is not the time (if there ever was one) for another "controversial" Police Chief in the city of Warren. The city and their policemen deserve better leadership than this.

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