Girard police union files court action over shift bidding


The union representing patrol officers in Girard Police Department has filed a complaint in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in an attempt to force Police Chief Jeffrey Palmer to conduct the department’s shift bidding process a second time.

Shift bidding is conducted every six months to determine the permanent schedule of hours worked and days off for police officers, the complaint says.

The Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolet Assocation of North Royalton filed the action against the City of Girard, complaining that bidding was not done correctly in March.

The chief “did not allow all officers to bid by seniority,” the complaint says, adding officers Scott Siegel and John Freeman filed a grievance protesting the matter.

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