DeGiulio discipline saga may be nearing an end

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK — After nearly two years, Councilman Angelo DeGiulio may be closer to knowing his fate regarding an ethics violation.

City officials instructed the city attorney to proceed with their recommendation for disciplinary action against DeGiulio, stemming from comments made in a hallway after an August 2012 City Council meeting. The comments were made toward a police officer, retired officer Russ Pillar and Pillar’s wife.

“I haven’t heard a thing,” DeGiulio said.

While DeGiulio admitted he commented to Pillar, he didn’t address Pillar’s wife or the other officer.

“I called him the worst cop and later changed that to dumb and stupid in the ethics hearing,” DeGuilio said.

DeGiulio said the trio alleged that he said when people shoot arrows at him, he shoots back, and that he breaks peoples’ bones if they mess with him.

The 70-year-old councilman denies that.

“I passed two polygraphs,” DeGiulio said.

Months after the incident DeGiulio was found guilty of an ethics violation, but it isn’t clear if that pertained to all the remarks or just the ones he admitted to making. After the guilty verdict, DeGiulio asked the Wayne County Circuit Court to bar the council from reprimanding him. The case was dismissed in May allowing the city to handle the situation as it saw fit.

It’s unknown how the city plans to proceed because it was discussed in closed session. They are expected to reveal their proposed action in a future council meeting.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at tnims@bewickpublications.com.)

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