Probe centers on Ohio deputy fire chief’s time away from regular duties

  • Source: The Columbus Dispatch
  • Published: 03/05/2019 12:00 AM

A Columbus Division of Fire official is under investigation for how he tallied work time on an internal system the division uses to track staff members. Deputy Chief Jack Reall, former president of the union that represents firefighters, already has interviewed twice with officials in the city’s Department of Public Safety, which opened the investigation Feb. 1. In a letter to Reall, Douglas A. Sarff, the department’s human resources director, asked Reall to produce records that could “demonstrate the use of (his) time” from 2016 through 2018. The letter says “multiple irregularities exist” in Reall’s accounting of his work time. The department opened the investigation after an anonymous letter signed “The Worm” surfaced, accusing Reall of abusing the system. The investigation is focused on how Reall classified his time on duty in the division’s staffing system, Telestaff.


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