Jackson Township loses a police chief, ramps up school security and invests taxpayer's money into the park system. Here is a list of the top five stories as selected by Jackson Township.Ohio.com correspondent Donna Rovan.
Ex- police chief retires amid settlement of sexual harassment investigation
After months of investigations of sexual harassment allegations, former Police Chief David Zink retired from the police department in December.
Zink was accused of sexual harassment at the end of 2012. As a result, township trustees put him on paid administrative leave for a second time in April while the claims were investigated. The case then made its way to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
Zink did not face any charges but entered into a settlement with the two employees who had made the allegations. The conditions of settlement included: his retirement -- which he tendered in September -- surrender of his Ohio Peace Officer certification, no contact with the two women and no future employment with the township. Zink also will not be able to hold any law enforcement position in the state of Ohio.
Jackson police increase presence in schools
In the months following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn., Jackson Local Schools decided to add more security in school buildings. In February, the police department added two new officers to the buildings with offices in the middle school.
Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said that increasing the police presence might serve as a deterrent for bad behavior. The police officers are also on hand to work with the school district personnel as a classroom resource.
Jackson Trustees restore park hours thanks to levy passage
Jackson Township voters approved a $1 million, 5-year parks and recreation levy in May, enabling trustees to restore the park hours and yard waste hours.
With the passage, North Park is able to stay open until 10 p.m. Community events such as the Holiday in the Park and the summer celebration were able to continue.
Massillon Mayor attends President Obama’s Inauguration
Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry was invited to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January.
Perry stressed that no city money was used for the trip. She says that she will never forget the sights of that cold Washington day. Perry spoke of the excitement of the day saying, “One of the proudest moments of my life was watching the crowd of people waving the United States flags.”
Crowd Gathers for October Career Fair at KSU Stark Campus
A rainy October day did not stop the crowds of people looking for work to make it to the KSU Stark campus for a career fair. The parking lot was over filled with job seekers looking to see who was hiring in our area.
Starkjobs.com states that the unemployment rate in Stark County is 8.2 percent. With more than 70 different companies in attendance at this free event, it was evident that many people are still struggling to find full time work.
Starkjobs.com along with the KSU Stark campus will hold this event twice each year with the hopes that it does enable those in search of a job to be able to see what’s out there and find valuable information on finding and keeping a good job.