Donna Rovan

Jackson Township trustees have formally accepted police chief David Zink's retirement as of Tuesday, November 26. Zink had turned in all his paperwork for retirement benefits to the trustees on September 5.

Zink had been put on paid administrative leave in April due to allegations from female employees of the township police department. The BCI and Stark County Prosecutor's office had been investigating these allegations saying that Zink's conduct towards these women had been inappropriate. According to the Ohio Attorney General's office, the case remains open although no charges have been filed.

The trustees thanked Zink for his service to the community. Zink started as a police officer in 1986 and became the chief in 2010. Both trustee John Pizzino and Todd Hawke say that the township will eventually replace Zink but that they are not in a hurry to do so. As of now, Lt. Ty Bissler is acting as police chief. Also in command of the department is Major Mark Brink.

In other trustee news, the township approved a zoning change for 1.5 acres on Lorraine Avenue NW from rural residential to 2 family residential. This zoning change will be available to LAT Enterprises who have plans to build a duplex. There were no residents who spoke against this zoning change.