MEDINA TWP. — Medina Township police Chief David Arbogast turned in a letter of resignation at Tuesday’s trustees meeting, effective the first week of January.
Trustee Mike Stopa said Wednesday the board accepted Arbogast’s resignation and have started the process of looking for his replacement.
“I didn’t expect him to turn in his resignation,” Stopa said.
Trustee Ken DeMichael also said the resignation was unexpected.
When reached Wednesday, Arbogast said he had no comment on his decision to leave the department.
Arbogast joined the Medina Township Police Department in November 2002. Prior to his appointment as chief, he served as chief of Richfield Township in Summit County.
DeMichael said he wanted to thank Arbogast for his service.
“I wish him well,” he said.
Arbogast made $78,000 a year, trustees said.
Stopa said the chief is an at-will employee and has to have his contract renewed each year, along with all the other department heads.
The police officers, though, have contracts and are protected by the union. Stopa said the township will take applications until the end of the year. Interviews will begin in January.
“We’ll try to get the best candidate we can,” he said.
According to an advertisement being circulated, candidates will need 10 years of law enforcement experience, five full-time at the command level; at least an associate’s degree in a field related to law enforcement, with a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science or higher; and alternative combinations of education, such as the FBI Academy.
“(It will be) the same qualifications any entity uses for a police chief,” Stopa said.
The department is made up of the chief, sergeants Shari Mangel and Todd Zieja, and nine police officers. The police budget in 2019 will be $1.3 million.
Arbogast has worked in law enforcement since 1977. He holds a master’s degree in public administration, a bachelor’s of science degree in technical education and an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Akron.
He is also licensed as a school administrator.
Medina Township resident Brian Feron said he was sad to see Arbogast go.
“That is too bad,” he said. “Dave has been a great face of the township and has done a good job. (It’s) sad.”
Feron said Arbogast conducted several programs in the township, including theft prevention, cookouts and breakfast chats to promote good relations with the community.