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Troubled city officer appeals 2 recent allegations

A Fort Wayne police officer with a long history of disciplinary problems has appealed two recent allegations against him to the Board of Public Safety.

Jeffery McCann, a 22-year veteran officer, requested an appeal on his two most recent write-ups – one for alertness on duty and the other for investigative negligence.

The board postponed a decision Monday but set an appeal date for 5 p.m. Jan. 7. The officer was not present at Monday’s meeting. After a short discussion, board members decided questions remained unanswered and time was needed for fact-finding before they could make a decision.

McCann, who was hired to the Fort Wayne Police Department in February 1990, has a long list of disciplinary actions taken against him since his first offense of improper conduct in 1995.

He has been suspended three other times and has received three letters of reprimand, according to his personnel file. Those incidents include police vehicle accidents, failure to attend training and schools and two allegations of being absent without leave.

Earlier this year, McCann was suspended for a day because of investigative negligence after he failed to file a proper report while investigating an accident. McCann also received a three-day suspension because he was outside of his patrol district.

He also has received a meritorious service citation in 2002 and a letter of commendation in 2004.

Taxi driver’s renewal denied

In other business Monday, board members denied a taxi cab renewal application for Derek Harkenrider as a result of being charged with one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in April.

Harkenrider, who addressed the board Monday, said he was operating a personal vehicle, not his work vehicle, at the time of the arrest.

The board, citing concerns about the serious nature of operating a vehicle while under the influence, unanimously denied Harkenrider’s request for renewal.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the board approved taxi cab applications for DeAndre Hurse and Michael Milligan and renewed applications for David Souder and Robert Woodward.

jcrothers@jg.net

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