Residents react to police chief’s resignation

Some Milan residents are disappointed to see police Chief Jim Rose leave to take a job as deputy chief in Perrysburg, after two years serving the tiny village.
Jessica Cuffman
Sep 26, 2013

 

Sixteen residents attended Wednesday evening’s council meeting, where council appointed Sgt. Bob Meister as acting chief, to take over when Rose leaves his post next week.

Resident Victor Mooney read from a letter he wrote, recounting when Rose was hired in July 2011. He said he admired the chief’s previous experience, retiring from the Delaware Police Department and managing security operations for the Ohio Supreme Court.

Mooney said he remembers the chief saying he wanted to stay in Milan, where he has always worked and lived. Rose turned in his resignation Sept. 17. Other Milan residents questioned council about talk they heard around town, namelyspeculation about eliminating or drastically cutting the police department’s budget.

Mayor Steve Rockwell said the talk simply isn’t true.

Every department funded by the general fund has weathered cutbacks in the past few years, said Mary Bruno, the village’s fiscal officer.

Cash flow is down about $65,000 this year, with drops in local and state tax dollars, income tax, property tax and mayor’s court revenues, Bruno said. The village started with a budget of about $850,000 this year and laid out anticipated expenses at about $750,000.

After the mayor announced Rose’s resignation, councilman Philip Weilnau asked for a closed-door session to discuss potential discipline of an employee.

After a 45-minute meeting in private — with some raised voices heard in the chambers — council members ultimately took no action.