Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud has not started the search for a new police chief because he said current chief Dave Suciu has not informed the city of his plans to retire on June 1.

Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud has not started the search for a new police chief because he said current chief Dave Suciu has not informed the city of his plans to retire on June 1.

"I've learned about this through the news reports," McCloud said following a city council meeting on April 16.

Lt. Jim O'Neill has been named acting police chief. Interim Chief Lt. Scott McKinley is retiring May 1 to accept a full-time position with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Suciu, 50, told WBNS-10TV that he was eligible to retire and would do so June 1 to avoid further distractions for the department.

Suciu has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 9 pending a departmental affairs investigation into his conduct and that of a patrol officer regarding a Dec. 28, 2011 incident involving a woman who was arrested by Pickerington police for carrying an unauthorized weapon in a motor vehicle.

According to a report by special investigator David Sturtz, the woman was in an extramarital relationship with the officer and had sent him text messages indicating she had a gun and threatening suicide.

Reynoldsburg police used OnStar satellite tracking without a warrant to follow the woman. Sturtz's report said Pickerington police stopped the woman shortly after midnight for a traffic violation after she exited I-70 onto state Route 256.

That's when Pickerington police learned that Reynoldsburg police had been tracking her; according to the report, they knew nothing about her relationship with the Reynoldsburg officer, nor did they know she might have been armed. The gun, a nonduty weapon owned by the Reynoldsburg patrol officer, was found under the seat of the woman's car.

In his report completed two weeks ago, Sturtz said Suciu was briefed on the incident and determined it was handled properly with no need to notify city officials.

He said the chief should have notified the administration.

In his report, Sturtz said Suciu "failed to show leadership" and withheld information from McCloud about the officer's role in the suicidal woman's case.

"I didn't find out about this for nearly three weeks," McCloud said Monday night. "I get a daily report from the chief and I think this should've been in the daily report. If I find out about the 18-year-old who gets pinched at Kmart for stealing cigarettes, I think I should've known about this."

McCloud said he was "disappointed by the lack of investigation" into the Dec. 28 incident.

"There were a host of things that went along with that which could've been better handled," he said.

Sturtz recommended that the patrol officer receive a written reprimand and a three-day suspension, undergo further psychological evaluation and professional counseling, and be placed on probation for a year, under close supervision.

"No effort has been made yet to undertake that discipline," McCloud said. "But I anticipate that will be forthcoming."