Donna Rovan
Ohio.com correspondent


JACKSON TWP.: The Board of Trustees this week accepted the retirement of police Chief David Zink.



Zink has been on paid administrative leave since April due to sexual harassment allegations. The Ohio Attorney General's office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Stark County Prosecutor's office has been investigating these allegations of inappropriate conduct. According to a report by the trustees, the case remains open with the Ohio Attorney General's office, although no charges have been filed.



Zink applied for retirement on Sept. 5. He started as a police officer with the township in 1986 and became the chief in 2010.



The trustees thanked Zink for his service to the community during the meeting. Trustees John Pizzino and Todd Hawke said they would eventually look to find permanent replacement for Zink, but there is no deadline to do so. Currently, Lt. Ty Bissler as acting chief and Maj. Mark Brink is assisting with leadership responsibilities.



In other trustee news, the township approved a zoning change for 1.5 acres on Lorraine Avenue NW from rural residential to two-family residential. This zoning change will be allow LAT Enterprises to move forward with plans to build a duplex.