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  • Zink sworn in as Jackson police chief

  • The David Zink era begins Friday at the Jackson Township Police Department. Zink was sworn in Monday night to replace Harley Neftzer as police chief.

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  • For 23 years, David Zink has strived for the chance to run a police department.
    Now he has it.
    Zink, 46, was sworn in Monday night to replace Harley Neftzer, as Jackson Township police chief, effective Friday. Zink was hired at $88,158 a year. (Information has been changed to correct an error at 4:25 p.m. March 23. See correction at end of story.)
    Neftzer has taken a job with Jackson Local Schools.
    Zink was Neftzer’s No. 2 in charge.
    Neftzer said he had been grooming Zink for the past three years to replace him in this position.
    “I feel fortunate to be following in (Neftzer’s) footsteps. He established an excellent foundation for the continuation of the department,” Zink said.
    Zink joined the Police Department in 1986. He has spent time as a detective, road patrolman and school resource officer.
    In late 2006, Zink was promoted to the rank of major — No. 2 in charge — and sent to leadership schools. He graduated from the three-month Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School in Columbus last year.
    “It was time away from home, and that’s always tough. But my wife is supportive,” Zink said.
    He and his wife have four children. They reside in Jackson Township.
    Zink said he always had aspirations to be chief, “ever since the day I started,” with the department.
    “At times, I didn’t know how that path was going to work out. But I feel fortunate for the opportunity,” he said.
    Trustees sought a person with leadership skills, an ability to manage and active in the community.
    In Zink, they found their man. He was the only applicant.
    Trustee John Pizzino said Zink was interviewed for nearly three hours Friday.
    “We felt Chief Neftzer did an excellent job in grooming him for the position,” he said.
    “I’m proud of you,” Neftzer told Zink.
    Neftzer served nearly eight years as police chief, following a long career with the Ohio Highway Patrol.
    He was hired March 16 as the school district’s new safety director, responsible for school buses and more.
    Neftzer has spent 27 years in law enforcement. His new position allows him flexiblity in his schedule, he said.
    Trustees and other township officials presented Neftzer with a plaque and clock Monday night.
    “You brought class” to the position, Fire Chief Ted Heck told Neftzer.
    Jackson Township Trustees
    Monday night
    OTHER ACTION
    •  Hired Herb Fogle as a full-time police officer. Fogle had been on the department part-time.
    •  Planned to object to Aqua Ohio’s request to raise water rates 20 percent through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). “Outrageous,” Trustee James Walters described the request.
    Page 2 of 2 - •  Approved the purchase of three new vehicles each for the Police and Fire departments, for about $150,000 total. None of the vehicles are cruisers or fire engines.
    •  Discussed a proposal to expand parking for police vehicles at Safety Center by 30 spots.
    UP NEXT Regular session April 12 at 5 p.m.
    Correction: David Zink is an at-will employee who will have a one-year probationary period. His annual salary is $88,158. The length of his contract was incorrect when this story was first published online March 22.