Ross police lieutenant gets 5-day unpaid suspension; force ordered to sensitivity training - North Journal

Ross police lieutenant gets 5-day unpaid suspension; force ordered to sensitivity training

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 11:23 PM


A Ross police lieutenant accused of making unprofessional and sexually explicit comments to fellow officers will serve a five-day suspension without pay.

Township commissioners voted Monday night to suspend Lt. Matthew Grubb and ordered him and the entire police department to under go sensitivity, implicit bias and sexual harassment training.

Grubb, who was promoted to lieutenant in January 2018, is in his 19th year with Ross police. His annual salary is $110,000.

The suspension and order to undergo training is the result of a letter accusing Grubb of “harassment and ineffective leadership.”

A copy of the Aug. 2 letter obtained by the Tribune-Review alleges that Grubb made “extremely disturbing comments” to five police recruits who were completing their field training.

The letter signed by “Concerned Members of the Ross Township Police Department” states that Grubb told the new officers they were now “free to rape and pillage the township” and used a sexually explicit slang term to describe how they should approach their jobs.

In addition to the comments made to the police recruits, Grubb is also accused in the letter of regularly making “inappropriate and/or off color comments, jokes and gestures” that are “offensive and repulsive” and go beyond “locker room talk.”

To avoid a conflict of interest, Ross hired an outside party earlier this month to investigate the allegations.