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Cuyahoga County court hires outside firm to investigate probation department employee

September 19, 2018

Cuyahoga County court hires outside firm to investigate probation department employee

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court officials have turned to a Dayton-area firm to investigate workplace misconduct allegations against a member of the probation department.

Reynaldo Feliciano, a 20-year veteran probation officer, was placed on paid leave Aug. 20, according to records released Wednesday.

Officials have not released any information about the misconduct allegations against Feliciano. Darren Toms, a spokesman for the court and Chief Judge John J. Russo, refused to answer any questions about the situation.

The move to place Feliciano on leave came one week after the court entered an agreement with R.L. Emmons and Associates. The court agreed to pay the firm $68 an hour for “interviews,” with no time frame for the firm to finish its investigation, records say.

Toms also refused to answer any questions about why the court felt the need to pay an outside firm to investigate.

The hiring of the firm was first reported Tuesday evening by WJW Channel 8.

Feliciano was hired in 1998 as a probation officer. He received generally positive employee evaluations throughout his career, according to a copy of his personnel file released Wednesday. 

R.L. Emmons and Associates bills itself as a “professional investigative and legal support services firm,” according to its website.

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