Sheriff’s sergeant, head of union suspended for ‘inappropriate comments’

A Butler County Sheriff’s Office sergeant will serve a two-week suspension for violating workplace harassment policies, according to Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt. Jeff Gebhart, who is also the FOP union president. The action came “after some co-workers complained that he made inappropriate comments while in their presence.”

In addition to the suspension, Gebhart has also signed a last-chance agreement that would lead to his immediate termination if there are any further violations of the department’s workplace policy, the sheriff said. He will also undergo remedial training.

“We take these incidents very serious. While the Sergeant admitted the allegations were true, he stated he did not intend to offend any of the employees and understands how some were affected.” Jones said.


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