Judge to issue Holliday ruling

PARKERSBURG – Two years later and the fate of a city police officer’s job is still in question.

In a status hearing Wednesday, the judge in the case of City of Parkersburg v. Floyd Holliday II said he will issue a ruling.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said he has been informed Wood County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Reed stated during the hearing he would make his decision using the information he has before him in the case.

Newell said the judge told the attorneys he has all the information submitted from both sides.

Holliday was fired by the city in June 2010 for the alleged theft of items after a traffic stop and for also allegedly downloading pornography onto another officer’s laptop computer.

In December 2010, the Parkersburg Police Civil Service Commission by a 2-1 vote overturned the firing. The commission did not dispute the alleged acts by Holliday, but stated “his conduct did not rise to the level to warrant termination.”

Holliday has been suspended with pay since the incident.

Last spring, Reed returned the case to the commission to provide justification for its 2010 decision. Later the commission never responded as attorneys noted the commission is no longer comprised of the same three members who made the initial 2010 ruling.

Bob Campbell is the only member left from the commission that made the decision. Former members Jeff Bungard and Jack Hunley have been replaced by Doug Kreinik and Joe Gonzales. In an earlier hearing Reed said the commission is an institution, regardless of a change in membership.

In December, Reed ordered the commission to file its findings by Jan. 18. On Jan. 23, Reed sent a letter to attorneys for the city and Holliday in regard to the commission’s filing.

Calls to Joe Santer, attorney for the city, and George Cosenza, who represents Holliday, were not returned Wednesday.