Shane Daff was in uniform and ready to work a midnight shift when he learned that the department had been done away with, his father said.
It's not fair that his son lost a job because of the actions of one officer, John Daff said. His son has retained a lawyer after city officials repeatedly gave him vague answers, he said.
John Daff is now circulating a petition calling for an ethics investigation into the council member's actions.
"I'm not trying to stir up any beef, but my son lost his job because of this," John Daff said. "He's a young man, he loves Richwood and he was hoping to make a difference. It's hard to make a difference when you got people giving Richwood a black eye."
The decision to dissolve the police department came weeks before the arrest of 42-year-old Richwood Officer Gerald Paul Tinney Jr.
Gerald Tinney was charged with breaking and entering and delivery of a controlled substance last week. Police said that on Dec. 26, Gerald Tinney and another suspect entered the Richwood Police Department's evidence room and stole 30 hydrocodone pills.
Larry Tinney, the former police chief, is Gerald Tinney's uncle.
John Daff said he's concerned about how the town would be affected by the lack of a police force. Troopers and sheriff's deputies would be driving all across the county responding to calls, he said.
Mayor Johnson said the State Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety are helping the city after it dissolved the police department.
State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said they are currently discussing ways for troopers to help patrol Richwood.
Nicholas County Sheriff David Hopkins said his deputies did not normally patrol Richwood, but now they are.
"I have 25 out of 26 deputies certified so I can afford to put some guys over there more often," he said.
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