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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.

  • Afspa_life_member-back_max50


    about 4 years ago


    God bless you and your family. You have definitely added a couple of "building stones" for your heavenly mansion. You WILL be in our prayers. PLease keep us posted on your situation.

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Pride-Integrity-Guts , you gentlemen are truly worthy of the distinction of P.I.G. , may God Bless you all and your Families.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Detective you are to be admired for doing the right thing and God will take care of you

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Very well done, Det. Tanner, you're a stand-up guy, and a true Christian. Here's hoping and praying you and your family get through, and that you get a job offer very soon!

  • Acjalogodigital_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He should receive a medal.

  • Vt_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I'm sure he'll have trouble at all getting offers from near-by departments.... Very ethical decision. I'd do the same. :D

  • Badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good luck to you in the future. Your selflessness will take you a long way.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    A class act by someone who truly has God's Holy Spirit within him and his family...

  • Tumblr_lpagx176uq1qls45bo1_r1_500_max50


    about 4 years ago


    wow! that was incredibly nice! :)

  • Thumb_skulls_20_16__max50


    about 4 years ago


    A true Christian in every sense. I commend you and pray that the good Lord will continue to bless you and your family.

  • N4139562294_683_max50


    about 4 years ago


    To Det Tanner and the others officers who have made this decision, you are people that the rest of us strive to be like.
    God will look over you and your family

  • On_the_job_002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I just want to say thumbs up to you !! This act of pure selflessness is wonderful. I can see that you and your family have great faith in God, and he never fails !! I will keep you and yours in my prays, because this is not the norm today. we live in a world today where selfishness, pride, vanity, and a lack of reverence for God abounds, but you truly have show the heart of a selfless friend and servant. I truly respect and honor you.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Top Bloke!! I hope that some one see's this and hire's him soon, he would benefit any department I'm sure!! As would officer's Cole and Combs !!!!

  • Joefriday_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Excellent honor and integrity. Where is the administration of Butler County Sheriffs office in all this? They couldn't cut ANYTHING else?

  • The_wall_max50


    about 4 years ago


    You fit the definition of a "Stand up guy." That is a pretty high honor, around New York City. I hope that all god things come to you and your family.

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