Norwalk water department employee faces charges

City worker, who already was on probation for counterfeiting money, is on unpaid leave following a drug-related arrest.
Scott Seitz
Apr 7, 2013

A city of Norwalk water department employee has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after being arrested Tuesday by Huron County sheriff's deputies as part of a drug-interdiction operation.

The employee, Wesley Mills, 30, of Roseville, works as an operator for the water department, according to Mark Schloemer, safety-service director.

"About a month," Schloemer said when asked how long Mills had worked for the city, putting Mills still in the midst of his 180-day probationary period.

Schloemer added he had seen the police report, but wouldn't comment on it.

According to the city's personnel policy manual, Schloemer can't comment on possible disciplinary action.

Mills was stopped at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday by Detective Sgt. Josh Querin and Special Deputy Eric Bardar on U.S. 250 in Norwalk Township for a license-plate violation.

"We noticed some nervous behavior from Mr. Mills," Querin said Tuesday. "He gave us consent to search the vehicle and we located a number of syringes, a spoon and two suspected methamphetamine pipes."

Querin said Mills was already on probation from the Zanesville adult parole authority.

"He was booked for possession of drug-abuse instruments and we expect later charges to be filed on the methamphetamine pipes after lab analysis," he added.

Querin provided additional details Friday.

"Mills has had a holder placed on him from his parole officer from Zanesville," Querin said.

A search of online records indicates Mills was on parole for counterfeiting money in the Zanesville area, something he reportedly also told local deputies.

Querin said the sheriff's office expects to have the lab results on the suspected meth pipes within two weeks.

"We expect the pipes will test positive for methamphetamines," Querin said. "Mills made some admissions he smoked meth out of the pipes."

Querin said it appears methamphetamine use is on the rise.

"It's increased in the last few years -- us seeing it," he said. "It's an extremely dangerous drug."

Querin said if anyone has any suspicions about possible meth use or labs in the area to call local law enforcement immediately.

Comments

Kottage Kat

Do they drug screen prior to hiring?
Maybe they should

notsofast

Is this at the treatment plant or street dept?

dekin

Let me get this right a "Norwalk City Employee" with a drug problem and that was on "Zanesville adult parole authority" wow!!!! I think it's time to clean house!! Know wonder druggies and drug dealers love going to that area... They get off free and they get city jobs.....

BaileyOriginally

Usually, any government position requires a drug screening. Perhaps Norwalk City has saved a few dollars by skipping this practice? -Let's start with drug-testing our Judges...

God Of Thunder

I thought a background check would've nipped this in the bud. Hard to tell from the article if an 'operator' means equipment operator, or he operates something at the treatment plant. Usually you need a CDL to drive the big trucks and trailers and that is a whole other category. Random DOT drug screens

notsofast

Either way I wouldn't want him operating anything. Nice background check city admin..

marlinfan

operates the city water dept. that supplies the drinking water....and to think I was passed up for that job for a freaking druggie on probation....WOW

SLIM..W

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onegirlarmy

Another one bites the dust!

doc5798a

That's what happens when you have totally inexperienced people who wanna play "let's run a city"!

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Yall Make Me Sick

You'd think working for a city like this there would be background checks? Plus he's not from around here do lets give the local jobs away to people like this! Great job Norwalk!

Fromthe419

Unbelievable, and if this stiff makes his 180 days (and you know he will, public employees always get second chances) our tax dollars will be paying his pension. SMH

THED0N

I don't understand, I didn't even get an interview for this job. I have worked in water plants before. Clean record with CCW Permit trying to raise my 4 children. They didn't want to even interview me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THED0N

Someone should step down from there City job for hiring this person. Time for a formal investigation on the cities hiring practices.

notsofast

Someone made this recommendation, the water superintendent, service director or mayor.
Anyone admit to dropping the ball on this one? (I thought not)
What about hiring local? Nice job guys…..

inquiringmind

I'm all for giving people a second chance, but to put them in a position where they have access to the city water supply is nuts. Whomever hired this man needs to be disciplined also. And a lot of cities give the jobs to "outsiders" before they hire their own. It's not right, but that's what they do. Check some of the surrounding cities.

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BULLISDEEP

Or you have to have a connection with someone in charge,get the drift?

THED0N

http://www.egovlink.com/norwalk/...

If you really care about your City of Norwalk and want action you would need to file a Formal Complaint with the City of Norwalk. Not hard to do takes less than 3 minuets.

Grandpa04

Like that would help