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Probation officer on paid leave

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ELYRIA — A probation officer with Lorain County Adult Probation has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

Bryan Thomas, who has been with adult probation since April of 2010, was placed on leave in mid-February, according to Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Cook.

“I’m not going to discuss the specifics yet, because the investigation is ongoing, but I will say that it involves some potential irregularities in his work performance,” Cook said. “We felt it best, at this time for everybody involved, to remove him from his position but still pay him because there’s been no disciplinary action yet.”

Cook, who is overseeing the investigation, said he hopes to have a resolution within the next 10 days.

“We don’t want to keep someone out on paid leave longer than we have to, but we want to make sure we’re comfortable moving forward with the information we think we need,” Cook said. “We anticipated that it would take about 30 days for the investigation. If it goes longer than 10 days, I’d be surprised. It might be sooner.”

Judge Raymond Ewers, who serves as the administrative judge for the General Division, appointed Cook to oversee the investigation.

“The Probation Department is run by the chief probation officer, Beth Heldreth. Beth reports to the General Division court administrator, Sherry Clouser. Sherry, of course, reports to the six judges,” Cook said. “Judge Ewers asked me to oversee the investigation.”

Cook said Heldreth and Clouser are the ones conducting the investigation into the allegations on Thomas.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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