Veteran LPD lieutenant who was placed on leave retires from force

By J Swygart -

Lt. Andy Green speaks with the media in February 2019.

Lt. Andy Green speaks with the media in February 2019.

File photo | The Lima News

LIMA — Andy Green, a 20-year veteran of the Lima Police Department, has submitted an official notification of his immediate retirement from the police force. Green had been on paid administrative leave since late October for unspecified reasons.

In a letter to LPD Chief Kevin Martin dated Feb. 5, Green wrote, “I hereby submit my official retirement from the City of Lima, Lima Police Department, effective February 8, 2021.

“I have enjoyed working for the Lima Police Department and serving the citizens of Lima, Ohio for the past 22 years. I will miss the joy I found in helping to better the City of Lima, and all those who live and work there. I wish the best to those who continue to serve the City and have the upmost respect for them and the difficult job that they perform daily. Lima will always be home to me, no matter where I reside.”

In a separate letter to Martin, Green requested, in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement covering LPD sergeants and lieutenants, “payment of unused sick leave at the time of my retirement.”

The lieutenant was placed on administrative leave through a letter from LPD Major Angel Cortes dated Oct. 26. The letter makes no specific allegation against Green and served as a formality in asking him to return his badge, identification card, keys and while an internal investigation was conducted.

Martin at the time would not discuss the decision to place Green on administrative leave, saying only that some “complaints” had been lodged against the veteran police officer.

According to his personnel file, Green was issued a written reprimand from Major James Baker, a supervisor within the LPD, in April for posting a photo on an Instagram account that was “received as negative towards detectives, and as it made its way around the detective bureau it generated a strong emotional response and was an unnecessary disturbance during a time when there are already heightened emotions because of the pandemic order.”

Green told his supervisors that he had no malicious intent in posting the photo and that he did not regret posting it. The written reprimand was listed as a Group II Offense, which covers “infractions which are more serious in nature and cause more serious and longer-lasting disruption” in terms of the department’s efficiency and morale.

Prior to that incident Green had an exemplary service record with the LPD. He was hired in July 1999 and quickly rose through the ranks of the department. In March 2015 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Throughout his career he received numerous commendations, awards and plaudits from the department and from the public.

In late 2017, he spent three months taking part in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. That 11-week leadership training included 221 others who were among the finest law enforcement executives from across the globe. Academy participants represented 49 states and 20 countries.

Lt. Andy Green speaks with the media in February 2019. Andy Green speaks with the media in February 2019. File photo | The Lima News

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