Interim police chief makes good impression in Walbridge post

WALBRIDGE – Happy with the performance of the interim police chief so far, council voted to pay him for
the job at last week’s meeting.
Walt Tylicki, who has been interim police chief since May 17, will be paid $22.95 an hour, retroactive to
After the July 1 meeting, Mayor Dan Wilczynski said the search for a full-time permanent police chief
continues to be suspended.
"We’re just going to hold off for right now. Things are working pretty well," he said.
"We’re really happy with the current police department’s performance overall."
The search for a police chief had been narrowed to two candidates in May when it was announced acting
chief Jason Harden had gone on medical leave in April. The other candidate was Mark Reef, a Bowling
Green State University police officer.
The search had been on since February when part-time Police Chief Don Hendren quit.
In other business, council decided to change the streets maintenance program for this year. Usually,
council votes to do one major repair that encompasses about a mile.
However, Wilczynski said this year several roads will get minor repairs.
"We’ve got a lot of areas where just one block is bad," he said.
Streets that will be included in the bid package include Dixon, Main and Walbridge Road.
The annual street maintenance budget is about $70,000, the mayor said.
Also at the meeting, council:
¥ Unanimously appointed Maureen Jacobsen president of council. The former president, Ron Liwo, resigned
last month. After the meeting, Jacobsen said two persons had expressed interest in filling the seat. A
decision is expected at the July 15 council meeting.
¥ Heard the new PTI building at 30801 Drouillard Road, is being used. Council is leasing the building to
the company that provides transportation services for CSX Railroad. PTI has moved out of a downtown
building, freeing up parking spaces near the library.
¥ Heard the community-wide garage sale would be Aug. 14 and 15.
¥ Went into a 15-minute executive session to discuss the hiring and firing of personnel.