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Monday, 25 March 2013 09:41
ROSSFORD - Rossford's Fire Chief Jim Verbosky has been suspended for five days because he signed another firefighter's name to a run report.
Verbosky was on an emergency run Feb. 14. After transporting a patient to the hospital, he and another firefighter signed their own names to the report. But Verbosky signed for another firefighter on duty, who happens to be his nephew.
After looking into the matter, city officials suspended the chief starting Friday for five days.
City Administrator Ed Ciecka characterized it as sloppy paperwork that benefited none of those involved, and didn't benefit the city.
Ciecka said he was baffled as to why Verbosky would have signed the report. "We can't figure it out."
Ciecka said that the other firefighter was Verbosky's nephew was an extenuating circumstance.
Ciecka, reached at home Saturday, said he did not have a figure on how much the suspension would cost the chief. "It's going to be a fair amount of money."
Verbosky, also reached Saturday, characterized the amount of pay he would lose as "a house payment."
"It'll hurt," he said.
"I made the mistake," Verbosky said. "I admitted it. I didn't deny it. … I owned up to it. That's what a man does. That's what a leader does."
Verbosky has been chief for 15 years, and served for a number of years with the department before that. He also worked with the Toledo Fire Department before being named chief in Rossford.

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