Jackson Township fire marshal under investigation

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By Noell Wolfgram Evans
Staff Writer

Scott Burris, Jackson Township fire marshal, is currently under investigation for police charges stemming from two alcohol related, off-duty incidents.

Jackson Township Fire Chief Randy Little was in the process of investigating an incident that took place on Aug. 30 when a police report was filed for a separate incident on Oct. 8.

On Oct. 10, the Jackson Township Board of Trustees met to discuss the matter. Not present at that meeting because of the conflict of interest involved was trustee Dave Burris, who is Scott’s father. At the meeting, trustees authorized Little to investigate the Oct. 8 incident.

According to a news release from the township, “Burris was put on restricted duty Oct. 8, 2017 that includes no operation of department vehicles or contact with the public.”

On Aug. 30, Grove City police pulled over Scott Burris for a driving infraction while he was on Hoover Road. During the course of the stop, he was cited for OVI. According to the police report, Burris also had a handgun with him, for which he does carry a license. Police still gave him a citation for using weapons while intoxicated.

A little over a month later, on Oct. 8, Grove City police responded to a call at 2209 Stringtown Road involving Burris. This time he received a disorderly conduct citation.

Burris has only been the township fire marshal for a little over a year. He was sworn in on June 28, 2016. Among his many responsibilities is leading the department’s fire-prevention team. He first joined the Jackson Township Fire Department in 2004.

Officials from Jackson Township declined to comment on the investigation saying, “An investigation has just begun so we will not have a statement until the fire chief completes his investigation, and reports his findings to the board of trustees.”

Burris is scheduled to appear before the Grove City Mayor’s Court on Oct. 25. The Messenger reached out to Burris for a comment on the investigations, but he did not respond.

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