Sometimes the best moves are ones that don’t pan out

The village of Salineville can probably count its blessings that newly hired police officer Terry G. Weyand never showed up for work.

When he was hired, Village Council and Mayor Mary Smith knew that Weyand had been charged with OVI by the Ohio Highway Patrol in April, and at the time Weyand reportedly asked for leniency from the trooper by claiming to be a police officer, even though he was working as a loss prevention manager at Kmart, not as a policeman.

The charge was subsequently reduced to reckless operation, but the fact that he sought leniency and gave false information shows total disregard for the law and behavior one shouldn’t expect of a police officer, or someone who is seeking a law enforcement position.

Council and the mayor were willing to overlook this incident and proceeded to hire Weyand based on the recommendation of then Police Chief David Hilliard Jr. Hilliard cited Weyand’s previous employment with the village as reason to take Weyand back.

And now, after failing to show up for work, instead of contacting the mayor to resign or writing a letter after his absence caused council to fire him, he posted a critical message on the village Facebook page, which was read by Councilman Tom Hays at the council meeting. Is this how a professional police officer should conduct himself?

In his Facebook rant he even questioned whether he had actually been hired. He notes that he was sworn in, didn’t that indicate to him that he had the job? Is anyone ever administered the oath of office before they are officially hired?

He doesn’t sound like someone Salineville should entrust with the safety of its residents, especially in light of the growing drug problems and rash of home break-ins the village has experienced.

Salineville has had its share of bad luck with police officers. Perhaps Weyand’s no-show may have actually been a stroke of good luck.