Police Chief David Zink will not fight his 30-day suspension that begins Jan. 2.
Zink’s attorney, Robert Tscholl, said the chief has no plans to appeal trustees’ decision Tuesday to suspend him for violating the department’s harassment policy. An independent investigator found that for the past five years, Zink, who joined the Police Department in 1986 and became chief in March 2010, tried to have a physical or dating relationship with a female police department employee who did not welcome his advances.
Tscholl said Friday morning he was waiting for the township to send him the document that described the terms of Zink’s discipline and declined further comment.
Attorney Leslie Kuntz, who represents the township trustees, said Friday that the document was nearly finished. She provided the highlights:
• Zink, who returned to his job this week after being put on administrative leave Nov. 29, will serve his suspension Jan. 2 through Jan. 31.
• The township will deduct nearly three weeks from Zink’s vacation leave as repayment for the time he spent on administrative leave while the investigator researched the harassment complaint. The chief earns seven weeks of vacation a year.
Trustees also have directed Zink, 49, to attend training and counseling sessions.
According to Zink’s personnel file, he never has been cited for harassment.
The file contains an unsubstantiated complaint brought in 2003 by a mother who believed Zink was rude and unhelpful when he talked to her about a disorderly conduct charge against her teenage son; a handful of previous disciplinary citations that are at least 10 years old, including two one-day suspensions in 1991 and 1992 for damaging a department radio and a cruiser; annual performance evaluations where Zink consistently obtained exemplary scores and at least 40 letters and cards from community members and coworkers highlighting or thanking Zink for his efforts.
Zink earns $91,271 annually.