Perrysburg Police Chief announces resignation following investigation
Perrysburg, Ohio (WNWO)-- The chief of Police in Perrysburg is stepping down and the mayor of the city has accepted his resignation. The Chief's decision-making was questioned regarding an officer involved shooting in August.
In a letter made public on Wednesday, the Mayor revealed the Chief had announced his resignation. Some, like Haraz N. Ghanbari Perrysburg City councilman and Chair of Safety Comittee, supported the decision.
The resignation comes after Lucas County Sheriff's Office investigators found it concerning the Chief told officers to stand down while a gunman had taken A hostage and was firing at Perrysburg Township officers.
The gunman, 25-year-old Trent Harper, was shot and killed by police.
"I appreciate the Chief's service and sacrifice, but I think that this is time for new leadership to be identified not only for our police department and our community but for the neighboring jurisdictions in which we have relationships with."
In his letter the Chief said in part:
"I wish the best for the future of the Police Division and I am confident that the division will continue to develop and evolve to serve the needs and challenges of a growing and progressive community."
Some, like Terry-Lynn Golden, have questioned why the Chief resigned when he had city leader's support.
"You always have to question sometimes what the police say or do. "
Mayor Mackin has not yielded in his support for the Chief saying in part, "Under the chief's leadership the division has continued a standard of excellence recognized in the region."
He adds no further disciplinary action is being taken.