LPD sergeant on paid leave pending qualifying exam

LIMA — Jason Garlock, a Lima Police Department sergeant and nearly 23-year veteran of the city’s police force, was placed on paid administrative leave nearly two months ago and remains off work while the results of an aptitude for work examination are determined.

Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said Thursday that a fitness-for-duty exam “is exactly what it sounds like; an exam to determine the physical and/or mental health” of the person concerned to determine if she is able to continue to perform her duties.

Asked if a timeline has been determined for making a decision on this assessment, Martin replied, “There’s nothing else I can really comment on at this time.”

Garlock’s personnel file contains a letter signed by Major James Baker of the LPD which was hand-delivered to the police officer on February 15. The letter states that Garlock has been placed on leave pending the results of the fitness for duty examination conducted by a Dr. Daum.

While on administrative leave, the letter continues, Garlock is “not to discuss circumstances referring (sic) to your work or any work-related issues with city employees or the public, unless directed otherwise by me (Baker ). You also must not enter any City of Lima grounds or facilities unless you have routine personal business to conduct, as any member of the public may have, unless instructed otherwise by me.

“You have to call Major Baker every working morning. Failure to comply with any guidelines in this letter will be considered insubordination for which you will be terminated,” the letter concludes.

The city’s chief legal officer, Tony Geiger, said the language included in the letter is common for similar administrative leave situations.

The legal director said there was not much else to say about the administrative decision. He said a resolution regarding the results of the fitness-to-work exam “is not known at this time; we’ll just have to wait and see.

Garlock joined the Lima Police Department on May 14, 1999, and was promoted to sergeant on April 27, 2007. On December 5, 2013, he was given the rank of acting lieutenant while former Lt. Patrick Coon recovered from a operation.

Garlock received numerous accolades during his time in the police force, including a Distinguished Achievement Award in 2002. In 2007, he was recognized by his superiors for his actions in response to a suicidal person. Garlock was recognized again in 2012 along with other members of the department for their investigation of a sexual assault case.

Garlock’s personnel file contains numerous certificates for completing training courses on human trafficking, interrogation techniques, anti-terrorism and other law enforcement topics.

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Contact J Swygart at 567-242-0464

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