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Tim Kalavsky retiring as Hinckley Township police chief


HINCKLEY TWP. — After nine years as chief of the township Police Department, Tim Kalavsky is retiring.

“He is retiring effective the end of March,” township Trustee Becky Chattin-Lutzko said.

Kalavsky was sworn in as chief in April 2009 after 31 years of service with the Bedford Heights Police Department, the final eight as police chief.

“It was completely within his plans and completely voluntarily,” Chattin-Lutzko said. “He has been in law enforcement for I believe 41 years. It is well deserved.”

Kalavsky, who makes $78,000 a year, did not returned messages seeking comment Thursday.

An advertisement for a new police chief was posted on the township’s website Thursday morning.

The Hinckley department employs 10 officers and one administrative assistant, and has a yearly budget of $1.3 million, according to the advertisement.

Requirements for the position include at least 10 years of law enforcement experience and at least five years of paid, full-time at a command level.

Applications must be received by noon March 9. The interview process is expected to be conducted March 17-22, with a final selection in April.

“We will be looking for someone who in addition to having significant supervisory law enforcement experience, has a demonstrated track record of exercising good judgment, is an effective, professional manager and leader, communicates well with the Township and the public, and will care about this community and its residents,” Chattin-Lutzko said in a statement.

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Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or

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