Mon. 8:15pm: Falls to move on chief’s discipline

NEWTON FALLS – Village council has taken the first step in bringing action against Police Chief Kuivila after investigations were made into statements accusing him of sexually harassing a female police employee.

Council moved on Monday to begin a pre-disciplinary hearing with a mutually agreed upon third party mediator. The motion was unanimously approved after council went into executive session for more than 40 minutes to discuss disciplinary action for Kuivila, up to and including termination.

In addition to the pre-disciplinary hearing, confirmation of allegations is necessary for a chief to be removed, according to his contract.