Veterans commission seeks public input

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By Wayne Gates

Brown County Veterans Services Director Ralph Fox and his attorney met with the Brown County Veterans Service Board in executive session at a special meeting on July 23. The board is investigating allegations of misconduct by Fox and met to allow him to give his side of the story.

Fox was suspended with pay on July 2 after the commission was notified by Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler that he had received a complaint by Veterans Services Officer Cheryl Childers that Fox had created a hostile work environment.

Gusweiler also received a letter from Rick Rhoades of VFW 9772 in Mt. Orab that was critical of the performance of Fox as director of the office.

The BCVS commission meeting on Monday began with Fox and his attorney John Woliver, along with about a dozen veterans in attendance. Some of the veterans had intended to speak to the board about their treatment by Fox when they requested services.

However, the board immediately voted to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters and those in attendance were asked to leave the room.

The BCVS commission will hold a special meeting to address the concerns of local veterans and family members on Tuesday, July 31 at 9 a.m. where they will be inviting comment from the public on the performance of the office.

Fox’s status was also discussed in executive session, but no decision has yet been made. He remains suspended with pay.

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