Decision expected by end of the week on Perrysburg police chief's employment

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) - By the end of this week we should know what's next for Perrysburg police chief Dan Paez when it comes to his employment with the city.

City leaders briefly discussed Paez Tuesday during a regular city council meeting in the wake of his department's response to an officer-involved shooting.

Council's main reason for gathering was to discuss and approve 2019's operating budget worth more than $30 million. The new budget passed unanimously and even included an additional $231,000 for new police radios.

Mayor Tom Mackin told 13abc the reason the city has taken its time on a decision about Paez is due to conflicting schedules of other leaders to discuss his actions. Now that everyone is back in the office Mackin says he will have an answer by Friday.

In August, Paez ordered his officers back to city limits as they assisted Perrysburg Township officers in an officer-involved shooting that included a brief hostage situation.

The chief's actions drew concern from city and township leaders--citing a violation of a mutual aid agreements and other protocol. An independent investigation by the Lucas County Sheriff on Paez's handling of the situation eventually found some mistakes were made by the top cop.

"There were things that could have been done better," said Mackin. "There's communication issues that we have to sort through and there's some other things that were in the split-moment decision that the report identified. We're going to address that. We know that it's an important issue. We know that the community is interested in how we proceed, and we think it's best that everybody move forward."

Mackin didn't give a specific time when the public can expect an announcement to be made about Paez.

13abc will bring you that update as soon as we get it.