Deputy chief at a discount PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:47
Mike Gilmore
LIME CITY - Deputy Police Chief Mike Gilmore is the latest new face around Perrysburg Township.
The Township Board of Trustees welcomed Gilmore to the newly-created position at their regular meeting Wednesday night.
"So we have two top-ranking police officials, and from a budget standpoint they're both heavily discounted, the expenditure that the township has to make," said Trustee Bob Mack of hiring Gilmore, and of having re-hired Chief Mark Hetrick earlier this year. Hetrick currently receives a starting patrolman's wage and benefits, as will Gilmore.
Mack, who was not present at the meeting, spoke in an interview earlier Wednesday.
Hetrick said at the meeting he is "looking forward to having a new partner to help the department progress."
Gilmore joined the Perrysburg Police Division in May of 2010 after 24 years with the Toledo Police, including work with their SWAT team, and has served as deputy chief in Perrysburg for the past three years.  He will begin work with the township July 1.
"We had an opportunity where Mr. Gilmore was interested in a new and different position," said Mack. "He has worked with our chief and our team and I suppose at some point a discussion started, and it was determined it would be a good fit for our organization. He comes with a lot of experience, that's for sure. I was very impressed with his credentials."
Gilmore's hiring is the latest in a string of new employee activity taking place in the township in recent months.
Late last year, Hetrick and Township Administrator John Hrosko announced their retirements over changes in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System. Hetrick, however, was hired back earlier this year. Then-Law Director Walt Celley was subsequently appointed as administrator, and Truman "Tim" Greenwood was hired as law director last month. Longtime zoning inspector Grant Garn also retired as of Dec. 31, 2012, and was replaced by new Zoning Administrator Kelly Hemminger.
Only two township departments, recreation and maintenance, have not seen major shifts recently.
"It seems to be going really well," Mack said of the numerous personnel changes.
In additional business, the board:
• Officially welcomed James Rodriguez, who was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief. Rodriguez has been with the department since the mid-1990s, and, according to Fire Chief Tom Brice, had been preparing himself for the position, which has been vacant since 2011, for the past three years.
• Heard a request from township resident Rick Hens concerning an unfinished section of gas line on Glenwood Road. Hens stated there is a half-mile section of that road without natural gas due to the unfinished line, which stops near Buck Road. Residents along that stretch have been using propane heating which, he said, is quite expensive. Hens said that 11 residents have signed a letter asking for the line to be completed, with hopes it could be done before the winter.

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