Fayette police chief Rick Kline resigns 10.31

Written by David Green.

Fayette has lost the services of a veteran law enforcement officer following the resignation of police chief Rick Kline.

Village council members regretfully accepted Kline’s resignation, ending a 28-year career with the village.

Kline’s resignation took effect Oct. 30.

Council member Mike Maginn thanked Kline for his many years of service to the village.

Mayor Anita Van Zile said Monday that a council committee would begin discussing the next step to take to replace Kline.

Jason Simon, who serves as the department sergeant, is the only remaining full-time officer. Until a chief is hired, he will supervise the nine part-time officers who help provide police coverage for the village.

Van Zile said Tuesday she has spoken with the sheriffs from Fulton and Williams counties for advice about the situation and Sheriff Darrell Merillat will attend the next public safety committee meeting to discuss the matter further.

“Our primary concern is maintaining the best coverage for the village while staying within our budget,” Van Zile said. “I anticipate accepting applications in the near future.”

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