Former police chief sues township

Staff report


A former Milton Township police chief has sued the township and a township trustee, saying trustees wrongly demoted him to corporal earlier this year.

The lawsuit was filed Friday by Michael K. Saltsman Sr. of Austintown, naming trustee Dave Tomaino as a defendant.

The suit, filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, demands a jury trial and seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

Saltsman said trustees demoted him Jan. 22 after he had served five years as police chief.

The former chief alleges he was demoted in retaliation for his complaints about unlawful activity he said the township failed to investigate or remedy.

Saltsman alleges Tomaino and the township instructed officers under Saltsman’s command not to cite a man for various alleged illegal acts and that the same man was allowed to ride along in a township cruiser without signing a waiver of liability.

The lawsuit does not specify what illegal acts the man allegedly committed.

Linette Stratford, chief of the civil division of the county prosecutor’s office, which represents the township, declined to comment on Saltsman’s complaint.

Tomaino could not be reached to comment Friday.

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