Liberty trustees to meet behind closed doors tonight

By D. Anthony Botkin -



Liberty Township trustees have two closed-door executive sessions on their agenda for tonight’s meeting. Both are to discuss personnel issues.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in the township hall at 7761 Liberty Road, Powell.

The first executive session is scheduled to be in the middle of the public portion of the meeting with the second closed session scheduled at the end of tonight’s meeting.

During the trustees’ last meeting May 16, three of four hours were spent behind closed doors in executive session.

Trustees have suspended the township’s fire chief, Tim Jensen, and spent nearly $19,000 on an investigatory report that concluded Jensen is not fit to continue as fire chief.

Jensen and his attorney, Paul Bittner, met with the trustees’ attorney, Edward Kim, in a private office during the executive session May 16, discussing issues outlined in a report investigating Jensen’s conduct as fire chief.

Once trustees reconvened the public portion of the May 16 meeting, they passed a motion to have charges prepared according to the Ohio Revised Code for a hearing regarding Jensen’s conduct as fire chief. The hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Jensen was placed on paid administrative leave March 1 pending the investigation by Cincinnati attorney Douglas Duckett.

Bittner has submitted a rebuttal of the Duckett report. Bittner cites the lack of an administrative staff in assisting Jensen in his duties and points out alleged political motives of trustees.

Although not listed on the agenda, township officials are also dealing with a police investigation into a $134,000 forged check drawn on the township’s bank account. The check was written to a used-car dealership near London, England.

Trustees tonight are also to consider and vote on five resolutions for the approval of purchase orders, bills and warrants, authorizing the renewal of Office 365, the reclassification of J. James to road supervisor, and to consider the reclassification and adjustment in compensation for part-time park employees.


By D. Anthony Botkin

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.

D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.