Target: Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer
Goal: Remove wildlife officials caught hunting on duty
Last May, the Ohio Inspector General’s office began an investigation when a wildlife officer and wildlife supervisor were photographed in uniform with a group of hunters while on the clock. Since then, 18 new officers have been added to the list of suspects. Sign this petition to demand the truth and remove dishonest officials immediately.
Upon discovering the case of fraud this past spring, the Inspector General’s office requested records of the deer harvests during season, as well as the payroll containing time logs of wildlife officials. As the investigation progressed it was discovered that 18 additional officials had coinciding records of a deer kill during their shifts.
The case was passed along to the prosecuting attorneys and the officers in question will face criminal prosecution. However, in a recent development, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has thrown their support to these offices. FOP claims these overlaps in records were caused by bad timekeeping in an attempt to avoid filing for overtime. This complication has thrown a wrench in the proceedings and may not allow for justice.
The duties of a wildlife officer are to protect and preserve all wildlife. This clearly does not include the killing of animals, and if officers were hunting for sport on the taxpayers’ dollar, then there need to be consequences. Regardless of the support of the Fraternal Order of Police or of others in the department, justice must be served and the truth must come out. Sign this petition to support the thorough investigation of these officials and the immediate removal of those found guilty.
Dear Inspector General Meyer,
I have learned about the investigation you began last May concerning wildlife officials potentially hunting while on the clock. Since then, 18 suspects have been added to the list as payroll time logs line up with the records of deer harvests.
It is of the utmost importance that guilty officials are brought to justice and removed from their office. As wildlife officials, it is their duty to protect all wildlife and it is a deep betrayal for them to instead spend that time using taxpayers’ money to hunt for sport.
Please continue to pursue this investigation thoroughly and truthfully.
[Your Name Here]
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