Oak Hill cops: No sergeants left

Oak Hill Police Chief Diane YoungOAK HILL -- There are no working sergeants left under the command of embattled Police Chief Diane Young, the latest abruptly resigning over the weekend citing work-related stress from the "constant scandals and rumors" in the department.

The first to go was Sgt. Mike Ihnken, first demoted and then fired outright in March. Two days later, Sgt. Manuel Perez was suspended with pay. The third to go was Sgt. Brian Riley who resigned Saturday.

His departure means Oak Hill has no sergeants and only Young as a supervisor. Between suspensions, and the recent resignation of a new officer as well as a third cop unable to work due to injury, Oak Hill has only three able-bodied cops and Young available to patrol the city 24/7.

NSBNews.net was denied Riley's letter of resignation by Chief Young and City Clerk/Administrator Laura Goodearly with stone-walling throughout the day Monday, which continued well into the 6 p.m. City Commission meeting.

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NSBNews.net obtained the letter directly from Riley just after midnight with redactions for medical issues. Riley didn't mince words as to what caused him so much stress that he had no choice, but to get out.

"Due to ongoing medical related issues, I hereby give notice of my immediate resignation with the City of Oak Hill, FL.," he wrote to Young in an e-mail dated 11:46 a.m. Saturday. "During my tenure with OHPD, predominantly for the past year and a half, I have been appointed many designations and have been assigned various daily tasks. While constantly attempting to complete my daily tasks and assignments over the past year and a half, along with having to cope with the constant scandals and rumors of the Police Department over said period of time, I starting noticing the enormous amount of (Redacted) but now my medical issues/concerns are to the point that I need to resign my employment without further delay."

Riley went on to say, "My primary care physician is in support of this action as it has been documented for a long period of time, that my employment is/has been the primary source of my. (Redacted). I hope everyone understands my position and I would appreciate the City's cooperation in keeping the details of my medical information private." Riley emphasized, "I do not wish to elaborate any further on the issue."

Editor's Note: This story is being updated with more information on the way.  

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.