|Perrysburg Twp. rehires Hetrick as police chief|
|Written by By PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 21 February 2013 06:58|
LIME CITY – Perrysburg Township's new police chief will be a familiar face.
The Township Board of Trustees approved a measure to rehire recently retired police veteran Mark Hetrick, who had served as police chief for the last two years.
The body took this action Wednesday night, immediately after approving a new retire-rehire policy for the township.
"We were very pleased with Chief Hetrick's work over the last two years almost, in the position. I'm glad to see that work," said trustee Gary Britten.
Hetrick, who had been with the force for 26 years, retired at the end of 2012 due to changes in the State of Ohio's employee retirement system. Lt. Jim Pellek has been serving as acting chief since that time. Hetrick will be rehired as of March 4 at $56,000 per year – the salary of a rookie patrolman – and will start with 80 hours of vacation time. He previously had been earning approximately $81,000 per year. The contract is for one year, but will renew automatically unless terminated by either the board or Hetrick with 90 days notice.
"We're saving about $25,000, plus he was up to about six weeks of vacation a year when he was here," said Britten.
"This is unique, because here he is, the chief, but getting a starting patrolman's wage," said trustee Bob Mack.
"He did a nice job for us, and I'd be honored to rehire him," said Mack before the vote.
The retire/rehire policy "applies to nonunion salaried personnel only," said Township Administrator Walter Celley, when he introduced the measure.
"The city of Perrysburg sort of set the example for us to have a policy," said Mack.
"The intent of this policy is to establish that retirees are not excluded from consideration for post-retirement employment by the township," the policy reads. "This policy does not entitle any retiree to reemployment or guarantee that any retiree will become reemployed."
Hiring of retirees is at the sole discretion of the trustees, as are pay and benefits.
Trustee Craig LaHote was absent due to illness, but Celley noted he had spoken with him and shared that LaHote agreed with rehiring Hetrick "and asked that we not delay."
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