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The Suburbanite
  • Jackson trustees accept Police Chief Neftzer's retirement

  • Jackson Police Chief Harley Neftzer formally leaves post and may take  job with Jackson Local Schools. Trustees accept his retirement. His last official day is March 26.

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  • They praised his service.
    They didn’t want to accept his retirement notice but they did.
    Trustees on Thursday formally accepted Police Chief Harley Neftzer’s decision to leave the Police Department. His last official day will be March 26.
    Neftzer leaves his post after almost eight years and may take a position with Jackson Local Schools. He declined Thursday to discuss his retirement or future plans.
    “Not yet,” he said. “I probably will toward the end. Until everything is formalized on the other side ... I’m kind of going to reserve any comments at this point.”
    Jackson Local Superintendent Cheryl Haschak said she’ll meet with school board members Tuesday night and recommend they hire Neftzer for a non-teaching position. He’s expected to replace transportation supervisor Homer Travis, who left the district. Travis was an employee of the Stark County Educational Service Center, assigned to Jackson schools.
    If hired, Neftzer’s position would focus on both transportation and security issues, Haschak said. His wife teaches in the district.
    Trustee James Walters described Neftzer as a “man of great integrity and faith who cares deeply about the community,” adding he would be missed.
    “You really have left the township and department in better condition than you found it,” he said. Trustee William Burger added: “I second that.”
    Neftzer is a former lieutenant with the Ohio Highway Patrol. In 2002, Neftzer was hired as the township’s police chief, replacing Phil Paar.
    Trustee John Pizzino and Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez praised Neftzer for “living within his budget,” avoiding seeking property-tax increases in recent years.
    Trustees have opened the chief’s position to others within the department, with the deadline to apply Monday. It’s unclear if Neftzer’s replacement will be permanent or temporary.
    As for the schools, Haschak said district officials have wanted to update their safety policies, manuals and drill procedures. Neftzer’s experience in law enforcement should benefit in the process, she said.
    Also, “The Ohio Highway Patrol does our inspections on our buses,” Haschak said. “So he would know what to look for.”
    JACKSON TRUSTEES
    Thursday night
    OTHER ACTION
    •  Approved $1,150 in expenses for an ambulance billing specialist to attend a conference in St. Louis.
    •  Announced the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be 11 a.m. on March 27 in North Park, sponsored by the Jackson Girl Scouts and the Park Department.
    •  Announced a weekly Farmers’ Market will be Thursdays from 3-7 p.m., from July 15-Oct. 14 in North Park. Locally grown foods will be for sale.
    UP NEXT  General session March 22 at 5 p.m.