David Zink's last day as chief of police will be Friday. Trustees John Pizzino and Todd Hawke formally accepted Zink's retirement during a board meeting Tuesday. Zink submitted his paperwork for retirement benefits to the state Sept. 5, but it took several months for the state to approve his paperwork, Hawke said.
There's no timeline for the township's search for a new police chief. Pizzino said he and the other trustees are pleased with the leadership of acting Chief Ty Bissler and Major Mark Brink. "We don't have to act immediately," he said.
The township placed Zink on paid administrative leave in April. Officials have declined to comment on the reason, citing personnel matters.
As early as March, agents from BCI were interviewing women to ask whether Zink's conduct toward them had been inappropriate.
In July, the BCI investigation finished, and the case was given to a special prosecutor at the request of the Stark County Prosecutor's Office.
The case remained open Tuesday, said Jill Del Greco, spokeswoman for the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which houses BCI.
No charges have been filed.
"These lies, baseless allegations, it's been tough," said Zink, reached by phone Tuesday night. "My retirement's got nothing to do with their investigation whatsoever."
Pizzino said the township will eventually replace Zink, but the trustees don't feel they need to hurry into a decision. Bissler said he and Brink are trying hard to do what is best for the department."We're enjoying what we're doing so far," Bissler said. Board of Trustees President James Walters, who was not at the meeting Tuesday, reiterated his comments from September, thanking Zink for his years of service to the township.
Zink started as a police officer for the department in 1986. He has served as chief since 2010, making $91,271 annually.
While Zink was on leave, the township continued to pay his salary, which area attorneys said was the best legal option.
After he filed his retirement paperwork, the township began paying Zink using the sick time he had accrued, township Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez said.
Zink said he's not sure what he'll do next but that he's ready to move on. "I'd like to explore my options," he said. "Just looking forward to the next chapter."
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Jackson Township trustees
KEY ACTION Trustees approved a zoning change for 1.5 acres of land along Lorraine Avenue NW from rural residential to two-family residential district.
DISCUSSION LAT Enterprises requested the zoning change to build a duplex. Both Trustees John Pizzino and Todd Hawke said the zoning would complement the existing businesses and residences in that part of the township and that they saw no reason to deny the change. No one spoke against the rezoning.
Page 2 of 2 - OTHER ACTION
- Trustees met in executive session to discuss confidential information related to economic development assistance. No action was taken.
- Trustees swore in two part-time police officers.
- Trustees accepted $500 from Buehler's Fresh Foods for the 2014 Community Celebration.
UP NEXT Meets at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at Township Hall.