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Fired troopers lobby for jobs

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky, the state troopers fired May 2 for their involvement in a KKK prank, are lobbying to get their jobs back.

The Sandusky post troopers will appear at a Step 2 hearing within 20 days of the state receiving the grievances; union and state representatives also will be present. An attorney representing the Ohio State Troopers Coalition said the case probably will go to arbitration if the grievances are denied initially.

On April 22, Gov. Ted Strickland requested Franklin and Wlodarsky be fired, saying their behavior could not be tolerated.

One day before Martin Luther King Day, Wlodarsky used a cell phone camera to snap a photo of Franklin wearing KKK-like garb while both troopers were on duty at the Sandusky post.

Wlodarsky was demoted April 3 from sergeant to trooper while Franklin received a five-day unpaid suspension. The state told them they could remain troopers if they kept a clean work record for two years and attend a required diversity awareness class. At the governor's instance, state officials changed their minds and began the termination process for the pair.

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