Goshen Township fires police chief

Goshen Township fires police chief

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Goshen Township leaders are looking for a new police chief after firing their top cop.

Rick Combs had served as police chief a little more than a year, the township announced in a prepared statement Wednesday.

Trustees voted to terminate his employment Tuesday night.

"The majority of the current board decided that they wanted a change at the top in the police department and after dismissing Chief Combs, a motion was made and passed to immediately advertise for the vacant Chief position," township officials said in a prepared statement.

Police Captain Bob Rose will be filling in as the "Officer In Charge" with assistance from the Township Administrator.

The Board of Trustees plan to post the vacant chief's position this week and have new leadership in place by spring.

Stephen N. Pegram, interim Township Administrator, said the department has struggled for years as revenue remains flat while the cost to provide services continue to rise.

The department has been reduced to seven full-time staff, according to Pegram.

Pegram says a police levy needs to be placed on the ballet this year to fix revenue issues.

"This will allow us to rebuild the police department in 2017, restoring staffing and thereby providing more police officers on patrol protecting Goshen where they are needed most," he said.

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