Special prosecutor appointed

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners appointed a special prosecutor to represent the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and the board of commissioners in pending litigation involving a former deputy.

The commissioners voted at their meeting on Thursday to appoint Daniel Downey, Esq., to act as a special prosecutor in the litigation filed by former deputy Tina Waymire.

Waymire was fired from the sheriff’s office on June 4. She was previously placed on administrative leave on May 1 and filed a civil lawsuit against the sheriff’s office that same day. Waymire is seeking compensation for pre-shift, post-shift and off-duty work related to the care of K-9 Officer Nero. Waymire was in charge of K-9 Nero from 2004 until April 21, 2014, when the service dog was retired by the sheriff’s office due to illness.

The commissioners voted to execute a contract of services with Downey and the law firm of Fishel Hass Kim Albrecht LLP.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of on analog/digital repeater, one compact duplexer, and one antenna system with installation for the county Communication Center. These purchases total $2,525.

The repeater and other equipment are necessary to fix problems created by the relocation of radio equipment from the roof of the Safety Building.