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November 19, 2013

Leelanau corrections officer suspended without pay

TRAVERSE CITY -- A Leelanau corrections officer who came to work drunk will be suspended without pay for 32 days, Leelanau County Sheriff Michael Borkovich said.

Jeffrey Daniel Kassab, 40, came to work on Nov. 13 smelling of alcohol. He was arrested, then pleaded guilty to driving with a .24 blood-alcohol level at his arraignment Nov. 15.

Kassab, who worked as a corrections officer in Leelanau for nine years, will be allowed to return to work after completing alcohol treatment programs, Borkovich said. Kassab also must pass a Breathalyzer test every day during the suspension and every time he comes into work for a few years after that, Borkovich said.

“We’re a little harsher on him, quite a bit harsher than on someone from the general public because he’s an employee and should know better than to do that,” Borkovich said.

A judge potentially could send Kassab, a Traverse City resident, to jail instead of allowing him to return to work, but such a sentence is unlikely on a first offense, Borkovich said.

“We want to get that bug out of his system and get him fixed and get him right,” Borkovich said.

Kassab will be sentenced on Dec. 20.

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