Here’s how Fairfield Twp. will choose its next police chief

Fairfield Twp. will form a committee to review resumes from applicants wanting to be its next police chief. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
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Fairfield Twp. will form a committee to review resumes from applicants wanting to be its next police chief. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Fairfield Twp. trustees have decided how they will fill the role of police chief.

In their first meeting since former police chief Matt Fruchey resigned, trustees officially accepted his resignation and appointed Fairfield Twp. Police Sgt. Doug Lanier to be the department’s acting chief.

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The township will advertise for the job as soon as possible, and trustees unanimously agreed an advisory committee should be formed to help narrow a list of potential candidates.

“I think we need some on the committee as soon as possible, and I would suggest someone with our citizens police academy, maybe a police chief from one of our surrounding communities, maybe some of our current employees,” said Trustee Shannon Hartkemeyer.

The committee will recommend a short list of candidates to the trustees to consider and interview.

Fruchey was hired by the township in 2013 to be the department’s fifth chief since it became a full-time agency in 1975. Fruchey offered his resignation to trustees at the end of March. His last day on the job was March 28.

Fruchey told the Journal-News last month that trustees “want to make a change, and I’m ready for a change.”

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According to the resignation agreement, Fruchey will receive five weeks severance and benefits, as well as vacation time accrued. His salary for 2015 was $87,500.