Officer suspended over facial hair

October 23, 2008 5:01:48 AM PDT
A police officer was suspended for three days without pay in a tussle over whether he whacked his mustache to regulation length.

The facial hair of Officer Ron Dicus was the subject of a three-hour hearing Tuesday night before the Sylvania Township Board of Trustees.

Trustees determined the nine-year police veteran had been insubordinate. Dicus countered that he shortened his bushy mustache once when he was warned and again when he was charged.

Police Chief Robert Metzger described the 'stache as a "General Custer-type" that extended below the mouth in violation of department policy.

Dicus said he plans to take the dispute to arbitration.