Ron Hess, a former police captain in Miamisburg, was appointed Tuesday as acting chief of the Miami Twp. Police Department.
Hess replaces John “Chris” Krug, whose retirement was accepted by the trustees on June 7 after 17 years heading the township police department.
Krug retired after previously urging township trustees to rehire him after his retirement and advising staff that he was considering a run for trustee unless he was rehired. Krug has said he is unsure whether he will run.
Krug is the latest staffer to leave the township in the past six months.
Administrator Greg Hanahan and Deputy Police Chief John DiPietro were fired. The finance director retired and the trustees abolished the human resources director’s job. Six other staffers have been laid off.
“I think we’re getting our house in order. I feel good about the future,” Trustee Mike Nolan said.
There were other administrative developments Tuesday. The trustees voted 2-1 to hire Harry Steger as finance director.
This reversed rejection of Steger’s hiring earlier this month, with Trustee Deborah Preston absent.
On Tuesday, Preston and Nolan approved Steger’s hiring, recommended by staff after an extended job search and selection process. Trustee Charlie Lewis, who voted against the hiring, continues to question the need for a finance director.
Hess worked 36 years as a police officer, mostly in Miamisburg. He said he hoped to be hired after a township search.
Hess will be paid month-to-month at an annual rate of $88,000. Steger is to be paid $77,000 a year.
Noting particularly controversy over DiPietro, the department’s ranking detective backed the selection of Hess, rather than a local officer, to fill the head job during the job search.
“The citizens would probably like a new set of ideas, a new set of eyes, to come in,” said Sgt. Scott Fitzgerald, head of the township detective unit.
DiPietro was fired after an investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office found that he violated several department policy and procedures when he hosed down a naked 17-year- old girl who had been pepper-sprayed. He is appealing.
In May, voters approved a police levy after rejecting the issue in November amid controversy over DiPietro and discussion of creating a police district.
Assistant Administrator Greg Rogers attended his first meeting after returning from leave. Acting Administrator Tracy Williams said he will be leaving on July 15.
Preston left the meeting before the work session and final votes on issues, including a six month extension of an agreement with Clivus Development, the development company affiliated with Optivus Proton Therapy, for the development of a $16 million cancer therapy research and development headquarters off the Austin Boulevard interchange.
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