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Milan police chief resigns

Jessica Cuffman • Sep 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Milan police Chief Jim Rose resigned from his position this week after accepting a job as police chief in Perrysburg.

Rose, hired by the village in July 2011, served a little more than two years.

In a phone call with the Register Friday, he declined to offer further comments on his seemingly sudden departure.

When he was hired, he replaced now-retired Chief Jim Ward, who served Milan for more than 35 years.

Rose came to the village after managing security operations for the Ohio Supreme Court. Prior to that he retired from theDelaware Police Department. In August 2012, speculation about an effort to oust Rose from his position made a ruckus in the village of about 2,000, when about 30 people attended a council meeting. At least a dozen spoke in support of Rose, citing his dedication to the community and his work in upgrading the police department’s technology and operations overall.

After that, Milan Mayor Steve Rockwell asked council to permanently appoint Rose to the chief’s position, and they did, unanimously. On Friday, Rockwell and council members, save for one, failed to return messages seeking comment.

Councilman Dick Maloney praised Rose’s performance in his short tenure.

“I hate to see him go,” Maloney said. “The town will be at a loss.”

Rose’s latest accomplishment was managing the Melon Festival without logging a single hour of overtime, despite the many additional officers needed to handle the crowds, Maloney said.

“I think he worked the budget perfectly,” Maloney said. “I don’t think he was looking for a job here until very shortly.

“He wanted to come here. He wanted to be a police chief here,” Maloney said. “Certain issues made him leave. I’ve had no issues with him.”

A village finance meeting set for next week was recently canceled, Milan fiscal officer Mary Bruno said. The village has seen a drastic drop in revenue, much like every municipality.

“The idea was to get together a plan for 2014,” she said. “We would just be discussing our general fund and where we stand at the end of 2013 to go into 2014.”

The next finance meeting is set for the end of October. Rose starts his new job Oct. 2.

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