BUTLER — Village police Chief Bob Ball has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Ball, the part-time Butler police chief, was placed on paid leave April 30, 2011. Butler officials declined to say why the action was taken.
Mayor Kevin Carr took the most recent action May 15.
Carr said the leave will continue until Richland County Common Pleas Court disposes of pending felony and misdemeanor indictments brought against Ball this month. Carr then will notify Ball in writing of any change in status.
Ball, also the Richland County coroner’s investigator, was indicted May 8 in a special grand jury session. He was charged with five counts of unauthorized use of property, each a fifth-degree felony. He also was charged with three counts of forging identification cards, a misdemeanor.
Lieutenants Rod Fry and Tom Stortz will continue to run the department until further notice. Carr declined to comment further.
Ball voluntarily surrendered to the jail May 9 and was released a few hours later after posting a personal recognizance bond.
Dean Holman, of the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, is handling the case. He has not returned messages.
Ball was indicted after a year-long investigation, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office reported.
“Bob has been a great employee and has worked very hard for Richland County and we’ll just let this whole thing play out,” said Richland County Coroner Dr. Stewart Ryckman.