Lawsuit Questions Validity Of Village Council's Decision To Dissolve Police Department

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

(Cleves, Oh.) – A lawsuit has been filed in Hamilton County after Cleves Village Council voted to dissolve its police department.

Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to dissolve the police department and contract the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

The measure is seen as a cost cutting measure by council. A similar move was made in 2010 when Village Council voted to disband the fire department. Since then, the Village has contracted Miami Township for fire and paramedic issues.

Following the decision to dissolve the police department, attorney Brian Shrive filed a lawsuit on Thursday which calls into question the validity of Council’s decision. 

The lawsuit accuses Village Council of an Open Meetings Violation and Invalid Formal Action.

Ohio’s Open Meetings Act provides the public with a right of access to the meetings of a large number of government bodies as the state and local level. The law entitles you to notice of these meetings and gives you the ability to inspect and copy meeting minutes.

The general rule is that all meetings of public bodies must be open to the public. If a public body wants to hold a closed or “executive” session, it must identify a specific statutory exemption.

The lawsuit states that Village Council failed to identify one or more of the approved purposes to hold a closed session and excluded the public from meetings on March 11 and July 8.

“The formal action to disband or dissolve the Cleves Police Department is invalid. The formal action to contract with the Hamilton County Sheriff to provide police services for the Village of Cleves is invalid,” the lawsuit reads.

Shrive is asking the court to enter judgement in his favor by declaring invalid the formal actions to dissolve or disband the Cleves Police Department and to contract with the Hamilton County Sheriff to provide police services to the Village of Cleves.


Village Of Cleves Will Dissolve Police Department

Village Of Cleves Calls Emergency Meeting To Consider Dissolving Police Department

More from Local News


Lawrenceburg High School Recognized During Early College Endorsement Celebration

Lawrenceburg High School was honored for being an Early College High School since 2013.

The Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board Announces Expansion of Jobs for America’s Graduates Program in Decatur County.

Greensburg Community High School, North Decatur Jr Sr High, and South Decatur Jr Sr High are the three being added with this expansion.

Civil War Veteran William Early to Receive New Grave Marker

William James Early was born into slavery. When he enlisted to fight in the Civil War he had to do so under his slave name, Gaines.

Grace Quinlan Placed 17th at NCAA Outdoor National Championships

Grace Quinlan earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the high jump Saturday.

Parris Wins Another International Medal in Olympic Tune Up

Parris is among the favorites to compete for Olympic gold at 125 kg this summer.

Local Sports Report - June 6, 2024

Lawrenceburg's Camerson Williamson and East Central's Ethan Moorman competed at Golf Regionals.

On Air

Your Hometown Radio Station playing
Lee Brice - One of Them Girls

Lainey Wilson Wildflowers And Wild Horses 19:21
Keith Whitley Homecoming '63 19:18
Josh Turner Time is Love 19:12
Rascal Flatts Back to Us 19:09