BG police officer accused of harassment has resigned

A Bowling Green Police Division sergeant charged with harassment has resigned.

Jason Stanley has resigned, effective March 31, according to Police Chief Tony Hetrick.

Hetrick said he was made aware in September of allegations that Stanley violated the city’s anti-harassment policy. The allegations were made by another officer, stating that Stanley had engaged in hostile work environment behavior toward both male and female employees of the police division.

“It was an internal personnel problem that we handled,” Hetrick said.

Stanley has been employed by the police division for 24 years. Though he didn’t elaborate, the chief said Stanley had been disciplined in the past for policy violations.

Shortly after the concerns surfaced in September, Stanley was removed from his shift and then from active duty status.

During the investigation, Stanley took a medical leave of absence. Prior to the city taking disciplinary action, he turned in his resignation.

The city accepted his resignation to avoid the expected protracted legal dispute over disciplinary action, Hetrick said.

Stanley remains on medical leave using accrued paid time off until March 31. However, his rate of pay was reduced and he is no longer accruing additional paid leave.