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Marietta Police Chief announces retirement in wake of investigation

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 1:48 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2021 at 7:15 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Mayor Josh Schlicher says the replacement for soon-to-be-retired Police Chief Rodney Hupp will, as before, be determined through the city’s civil service commission.

But it will be a more detailed process than it has been in previous instances where the city was seeking a new chief.

”In the past, it’s gone to the highest test-taker. We want to make it a little more in-depth in terms of more review, management style, leadership capabilities, experience. A little more involved in terms of what we want for the next chief.”

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Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp has announced his retirement.

According to a news release, which you can read here, Hupp turned in his retirement letter on July 9 to Safety Service Director Steve Wetz. In it, Hupp said it had been an honor to serve the City of Marietta for the last 27 years.

The announcement comes on the heels of an investigation by a third-party attorney into allegations the police chief had created a hostile work environment.

The investigator interviewed a majority of the police department and others, the news release said. The third-party concluded that Hupp had acted inappropriately, but not to the extent that his behavior would constitute a hostile work environment in the eyes of the law.

Hupp’s retirement is effective this Friday, July 16.

Captain Aaron Nedeff has been named interim police chief while officials figure out a long-term plan.

You can read our previous coverage of this story here.

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