From The Columbus Dispatch
Delaware County jail director resigns
Friday, November 20, 2009 4:29 PM
BY DANA WILSON
The Columbus Dispatch
DELAWARE, Ohio The director of the Delaware County jail resigned today after admitting to using his personal cell phone to take and send inappropriate photos to a female employee, Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said.
Christopher L. Smith, 34, took one of the images while he was on duty and dressed in uniform, Davis said.
Smith sent the photos to a woman who worked for a company that provides health-care services at the jail. The woman no longer works at the jail, but the sheriff said he did not have details on her employment status because she is not a county employee.
Smith had been on paid leave since Nov. 9 and was being investigated for violating office policies concerning non-discrimination and harassment. Smith resigned today during a meeting the sheriff had arranged to discuss the results of an internal review.
"He felt disappointed in himself and felt that he had let down the office," Davis said.
In his resignation letter, Smith said he resigned with deep regret and thanked Davis for "the challenges and life experiences" he gained at work.
The administrative investigation found that Smith violated the office's code of conduct but did not warrant a criminal probe, Davis said. He first learned of Smith's alleged misconduct through an anonymous complaint to the county commissioners.
"The citizens of Delaware County deserve public servants who represent the mission of our office," Davis said. "The office cannot and will not tolerate employees who exhibit a lack of judgment while on duty."
Smith could not be reached for comment. He joined the sheriff's office in March 2008, and previously worked for the Morrow County sheriff's office for 10 years.