Less than a month after being placed on administrative leave, Genoa Police Chief Randy Hill has resigned.
Mayor Mark Williams announced the resignation during village council’s Dec. 6 meeting, according to Eric Hise, a member of council. He declined to comment on the resignation, saying it was a personnel matter.
Garth Reynolds, village administrator, also confirmed the resignation but referred calls to Mayor Williams, who also is the village safety director to whom the chief reports.
An e-mail message and phone message left with the mayor were not returned prior to The Press deadline.
After an executive session of council on Nov. 16, Chief Hill was placed on paid administrative leave.
Hill was hired as the chief of the village police department in October, 2008. Prior to that he was a member of the Perry Township Police Department.
He was being paid an annual salary of $49,200 when he resigned as Genoa’s chief.
The Dayton, O. native implemented additional training for the department’s officers and updated the station’s computer systems.
He told a Press reporter last year he also wanted to increase the staff by utilizing police academy graduates.
“He just wants to make Genoa a better place and a safer place to live,” Mayor Williams said at the time “I think he’s doing a great job. Some people may not be happy but you can’t please everyone when there’s change. We just have to work together to work through things.”
There were rough spots in his first months on the job.
Late in 2008, Hise, who is the owner of the Bharmacy, 621 Main Street, filed a lawsuit against the chief and mayor, the village, and officer Mark Steinman, alleging the police were harassing him and his business and causing him to lose customers. A few months later, Hise’s attorney filed for a voluntary dismissal of the case. Hise wasn’t a member of council at the time.
An undercover program to check on the possible sale of alcohol to minors in the village also caused a stir. According to Hill, five of seven establishments sold alcohol to a minor who was working in conjunction with the police.
Some residents have questioned whether the woman was actually a minor and claim witnesses saw her consume alcohol in two establishments when served. Later, about 30 residents attended a village meeting to voice their concerns about “…an overzealous chief of police and mayor” one man wrote in a letter to the editor published in The Press.
Hill denied the woman consumed any alcohol.