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Safety commission member not fazed by opposition from police union as convicted felon

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One of 17 members on Mayor Andrew Ginther’s safety commission is receiving criticism for his criminal past. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- One of 17 members on Mayor Andrew Ginther’s safety commission is receiving criticism for his criminal past.

In 1994, Oleatha Waugh pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and was convicted of selling cocaine.

The commission Waugh was selected to be on reviews Columbus Police practices, procedures and training.

On Friday, March 9th, F.O.P. President Jason Pappas told ABC 6/FOX 28 he has concerns over Waugh’s past.

"It is alarming to know that somebody who can't actually sit in our position will now review how we do our jobs,” said Pappas.

Waugh said he wasn’t surprised by the opposition to him, but added he hasn’t been in trouble in over 20 years and paid his debt to society.

"To make this, take this myopic view of me as though my influence on the commission would be so far reaching that it would cause the FOP or any officer, which I have tremendous respect for, to be in danger is to me inaccurate at best,” explained Waugh.

Waugh currently works as assistant director of the African-American Male Initiative for the Columbus Urban League. He said his experience provides a voice that’s often not heard.

"Re-entering citizens and restored citizens need the opportunity to come and express the things that they are experiencing."

The safety commission Waugh is a member of is expected to meet in April.

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