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Richland Co. Sheriff Names New Chief Deputy

Story By: Greg Heindel



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  Original Published: 12/6/2013Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon has issued a news release announcing his naming of a chief deputy. Jail Administrator, Captain Joe Masi, has been promoted to Major, to replace Dale Fortney who resigned suddenly last month. Masi will have oversight of the law enforcement and corrections divisions and serve as public information officer. Sheriff Sheldon also says Captain Eric Bosko will retire July 31st. The U-S Attorney's office in Cleveland sent a letter to the Richland County Prosecutor's office last month saying it would no longer take cases investigated by Bosko, saying he could be "deliberately untruthful and evasive". In his news release, Sheldon says while Bosko is no longer investigating criminal cases, he has no concern about Bosko's veracity and ability to manage the detectives and deputies.  This is the sheriff's news release in its entirety: The RCSO respectfully requests that this news release be published in its entirety to avoid any potential misunderstandings that can be the natural result of the editing process.   The Richland County Sheriff’s Office feels compelled to address a number of issues, real and imagined, that have been the subject of speculation for the past several weeks.  As an initial proposition, it should be noted that Sheriff Sheldon is aware of no ongoing issue with any local police chief regarding officer safety.  Sheriff Sheldon has addressed this matter with each and every local police chief, including the interim chief with the City of Mansfield, and is satisfied that there are no outstanding officer safety issues.  In reality, the Sheriff’s Office routinely communicates with local police chiefs regarding law enforcement issues and is always available to discuss any safety issue.   Moreover, the Sheriff’s Office has reached out to the City of Mansfield regarding cooperation in the future and appreciates former Chief Sgambellone’s acknowledgement that he contributed to any problem that may have existed in his mind.  This Office is aware of staffing issues with the City of Mansfield and has confronted its own staffing problems for the past several years.  Notwithstanding the same, the Sheriff’s Office expects to assign a full time officer to the METRICH Task Force after the New Year.      There has also been a great deal of speculation about the command structure of the RCSO in recent weeks.  Jail Administrator Joe Masi has been promoted to the rank of Major and will assume the position of Chief Deputy.  His duties will include oversight of the Law Enforcement Division and the Corrections Division while also serving as the Public Information Officer.  Major Masi has served this community in any number of law enforcement roles over the years and this Office is pleased that he has agreed to take on this added responsibility.    Finally, there has been considerable speculation and misinformation about Captain Eric Bosko.  Captain Bosko will continue carrying out duties essential to this Office in his current role.  Captain Bosko shared his plans to retire on July 31, 2014 with the RCSO a year ago and agreed to complete a number of important administrative tasks prior to his departure, including a policy update, the switch to digital radio communication devices and the pursuit of CALEA certification.  Although he has been an administrator no longer actively investigating criminal matters, it should be noted that this Office has no concern whatsoever about his veracity and ability to manage our detectives and deputies.    It should also be noted that we have an extraordinary group of Deputies, Corrections Officers and Support Staff who serve the community at the RCSO and we are thankful for their valuable service.   
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