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Detective Volunteers For Layoff to Save Co-Worker's Job

Detective Volunteers For Layoff to Save Co-Worker's Job

The Tanners of Hamilton: From left, Eddie, 3; Ed, Keri, and Will, 2. Ed is a detective at the Butler County Sheriff's Office who will be laid off next month. Ed could have bumped another officer and gone back to road patrol, but chose not to because "it i

The Oxford Press via YellowBrix

June 27, 2010

HAMILTON — Becoming a Butler County sheriff’s deputy was a great fit and a dream come true for Ed Tanner. Protecting people is all he ever wanted to do.

On July 22, that dream will end when he becomes one of many to lose his job due to budget cuts. But it didn’t have to happen.

The 31-year-old has worked 10 years at the department, with the last three served as a detective. So he could have elected to go back to street patrol, knocking an officer with less seniority out of a job.

“But it’s not the right thing to do,” Tanner said, while sitting at his desk in the detective section. A picture of his 3-year-old son, Eddie, dressed up like his dad with a toy badge, is his screen saver. “I just won’t do it.”

Among the 23 layoffs and 20 demotions as part of the latest round of cuts to balance the budget, four detectives received pink slips last week. Two of them exercised their right by contract to take a demotion, “bumping” a position in patrol and court services.

Tanner said he and his wife, Keri, had already talked about his decision to give up his job rather than taking a pay cut and knocking another officer out of a cruiser — literally.

“We will have to do some tricky stuff,” Tanner said, including selling a car. “But we will be OK.”

Keri Tanner said they have turned to their faith when making the decision that will affect the family. Keri is a stay-at-home mom and the couple has a second young son, William, age 2.

“I agreed with the decision 100 percent,” Keri said. “I have faith in God. And you know, I haven’t had any anxiety over this. I just know we are going to be fine.”

He received a “thank you” from the officer whose job he saved.

“They just moved into a house and his wife is pregnant. Now they won’t have to give up the house,” Tanner said.

But the detective is concerned for the safety of the public with officers on the street dwindling and detectives to solve crimes becoming fewer. Tanner, like other detectives, currently has about 100 cases assigned to him.

“The solvability goes down the more people we lose,” he said.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones describes Tanner’s decision as well as others who have taken demotions and given up jobs to save others as “very honorable.”

Detective Mike Gutowski will return to road patrol, giving up his rank as detective so that a fellow detective who has been in that position longer could stay.

And two corrections officers, Justin Cole and Kyle Combs, took voluntary layoffs.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This man Walks the walk! God Bless.

  • Swat_pictures_031_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Thats a lot of heart and I agree with all previous comments. The sad thing is that governments believe that it is acceptable to lay off Law Enforcement, compromising the safety of the citizens in their respective communities. My Brother is a Professional Firefighter in a rather large city and they are having lay offs and pay cuts while the city government continues to spend thousands on frivolous projects. Priorities are way out of wack and we need all the Brothers and Sisters we can get in this evil world.

  • Me__mr


    about 4 years ago


    Good has a way of coming back. Best wishes to those making the sacrifice.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Deputy Ed Tanner, Justin Cole and Kyle Combs. Kudos to all of you for your selfless acts.
    God will take care of you.
    Thank you for your service, Most Honorable....

  • Bayou_032_max50


    about 4 years ago


    i hope karma takes care of this family one day

  • Image_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God bless.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    What an honorable man. Way to be salt and light, Det. Tanner! "Well done, thou good and and faithful servant." I want a guy like THAT watching MY 6:00!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    God Bless

  • Nintendo_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I, too, know he and his family will be okay. God won't let such an honorable man fall. Imagine the reference he'll get from the department if he goes elsewhere...

  • Shield_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bless you and your family.

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God bless the Tanner family!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    An honorable individual if ever I saw one !! Things will work out for you. It's karma.

  • Alright_meow_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God's blessings on the Tanner family.

  • 100media36imag0244_max50


    about 4 years ago


    True Faith is Awesome!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Man that is a good thing to do. Officer Tanner my department has many openings and I will put in a word for you please let me know if I can help you in any way. You can go to the web site and take a look We need officers like you..... who put others first.

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