Maryellen Reash, an attorney representing Patty Sheets, wife of township Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets, requested an investigation at the April 27 Jackson Township meeting.
Reash said Patty Sheets is requesting the investigation to determine the role Trustee Daphne Hawk played in the recent access of private records that led to the termination of one firefighter and suspension of two others.
During the April 13 hearing, Assistant Fire Chief Rick Dawson testified that the Grove City Division of Police prepared a document for the fire department regarding a run on Feb. 13 at the Sheets’ home. He said the document included sensitive information on the chief’s wife.
The Grove City police responded to a possible domestic assault call from the Sheets’ home in February. According to the police report, there were no charges filed and no physical violence had occurred.
Witness testimony from the hearing alleges Hawk improperly released information from executive session, Reash said. Sheets also has asked the trustees where her personal information has gone.
"We will take it into consideration," Trustee Steve Burris said on the request.
He said the township and fire department are trying to move forward now that the hearings are over.
"It’s important to understand this from Mrs. Sheets’ perspective," Reash said. "These are very personal and very private matters."
Reash said the township could avoid a full blown civil suit with the investigation. Sheets is requesting Hawk testify under oath her involvement in the matter.
"Mrs. Sheets feels her privacy rights were violated," Reash said. "Trustee Hawk was involved in the distribution of material."
Hawk received an anonymous copy of the fire report in late February.
"Only at the hearing did I learn that it was sent to me by Scott Harr," said Hawk.
Harr was the firefighter union president whose employment was terminated at the hearing.
Hawk said, "I had no reason to keep it because I was already aware of the incident. I had no involvement, whatsoever, in the dissemination of any information relative to these events.
"With regard to the allegation of divulging information from an executive session, I do not know what the attorney is referring to. I would have to have more information to make any further comment."
Burris said since Trustee Stephen Bowshier was not in attendance at the meeting, the request would be discussed with him before moving forward.
"There is no active investigation going on," Burris said.