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Stacy Bailey's Appeal Rejected by City Manager

This rejection of the appeal means that Stacy Bailey has no chance to rejoin the Canton Police Department.

Former Canton Police Department Sergeant Stacy Bailey's appeal of her termination by the department has been rejected by City Manager Scott Wood, official city documents show.

Bailey was fired from the department last year for allegedly purchasing a golf cart for the special needs son of the man she was having an affair with at the time. She was specifically accused of violating the City of Canton's financial policy and altering the number of signers needed on checks written from the Young Explorers fund, which Bailey was in charge of.

The former sergeant appealed her termination, claiming that an internal investigation by the Marietta Police Department did not exercise due diligence in reviewing the case.

Documents provided by Bailey's attorney Lance LoRusso and attached to this article show that the number of people needed to sign an Explorers check set at one when the account was created; furthermore, LoRusso contends that bank employees would not have processed Explorers program checks if there were not enough authorized signatures. The internal investigation failed to question bank employees.

Bailey and LoRusso further contend that the Explorers program checking account was never subject to the City of Canton financial policy. The account was never audited by the city and the program itself is operated under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America. The internal investigation criticised the city's finance department for its lack of oversight of the Explorers fund, but took no further action against the organization.

The rejection of Bailey's appeal leaves her without recourse to attempt to get her job back, LoRusso said. According to him, "the appeal to the City Manager is the only level of appeal for an employee of the City of Canton." 

Despite the loss of her job with the city, Bailey is pressing forward with a lawsuit which claims she was denied overtime compensation and a pay raise for earning a master's degree while other police officers were given the compensation. Bailey is seeking back pay and damages for what she says are violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Amie Esposito January 30, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Although I do not know or understand all the details of either side (and many will not), I can attest that Sgt Bailey was a great influence on my son in the Explorers program, while she was in charge. Regardless of whether the accusations are true, she was a positive influence on my son, and fostered his desire and interest in pursuing his love for criminal justice and a potential career in Law Enforcement. I thank her for that.
ma January 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM
How can you not understand the details of either side... She had an affair and used explorer funds to buy his son a golf cart...
Sharon Shy-Hanawalt January 31, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Amie those are very kind words, and she influenced many youth in a very positive way & manner. Ma, how can you post such hateful hurtful words, would you like to have your life invaded as her's was? It is no one's business who anyone dates. The issue at hand is this, the funds for the golf cart were approved by the board, the explorers & Chief Lance while he was there over the department, the golf cart for purchased for a child who has a serious illness that limits him abilities at times to be able to walk or be out in the community with his siblings & friends. I am tired of people who are clueless what exactly transpired posting ignorant hateful messages. If you can't say your words to the person you are trashing on the internet then don't use your computer to hide behind. Stacy was a great officer who was involved in many community service activities & to my knowledge working & volunteering with her on many of those activities she did a great job. It's unfortunate all that has transpired in the Canton community.
Sharon Shy-Hanawalt January 31, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Also just for the record, I don't think the funds used for the golf cart in question were government funds, as I remember doing specific fundraising to be able to purchase the cart for the child. I may be wrong, but I think the funds in question are private funds as the funds were given by citizens specifically for the purchase of the golf cart. I have kept silent over this manner for months, I have not discussed or posted anything regarding this until now. I have a high level of respect for the city, it's departments and employees. It is quite sad & unfortunate everything that has transpired in the past. I won't bad mouth anyone as that is quite childish to do so and I have more respect for the city & myself than to lower myself to immature standards for anyone. Thank you for allowing me to post. It would be more productive if people would stop posting & behaving like immature uneducated people, and be polite & respectful in their comments.
Justin Ove (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 04:26 PM
None of the money Bailey used to purchase the golf cart was public funds; all the money was donated by private citizens with the knowledge that the money would go towards helping a needy child. What they did not know was how Bailey was connected to the child.
LocalLEO January 31, 2013 at 04:54 PM
As a long time police officer, not in Canton I offer you this. Bailey may have done good things with the youth of Canton, but you are missing the true issue. As officers, like it or not we are held to a higher standard. That means her alleged affair with another married officer that happens to have a son that had a special need and received a direct benefit from the explorer’s bank account, is wrong. If you don’t think that an officers private live is public knowledge than ask yourself this...When was the last time a carpenter, banker, or food industry worker had his or her name on the front page of a newspaper for a domestic incident? Never, but a cop will be on the front page before the report is complete. Her actions brought questionable decision making to the city, her fellow officers, and her profession. She was wrong, she knows how things work in our profession and she choose to ignore how we operate. Therefore, she needs to be held accountable for her actions. It does not make her a bad person but a poor decision maker.

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