Newtown Falls may name Fixler new chief tonight


NEWTON FALLS — Village Council will consider legislation tonight on the hiring of Eugene H. Fixler as Newton Falls Police Chief.

Fixler is currently police chief for Windham, a village of 2,209 people just over the Trumbull County line in Portage County, six miles northwest of Newton Falls. Newton Falls has a population of just under 5,000.

The ordinance will be considered at tonight’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall, 19 North Canal Street.

Fixler, of Highland Heights, has been police chief in Windham since 2010 and has been part-time lieutenant with the Grand River Police Department in Lake County since 2001.

He has 39 years of experience in law enforcement dating back to 1977, when he began working as a patrol officer with the University Heights Police Department, and 1974, when he worked for the Cleveland Heights Police Department.

Fixler said his work for Grand River has been on a consulting basis for several years. He hasn’t received a paycheck from the Grand River Police Department in about four years, he said.

As for the possibility of leading the Newton Falls Police Department, Fixler said Monday, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to come to a really nice community.”

Council also will be asked to approve the donation of the home on Trumbull Court where a triple murder took place in July 2012 to allow for expansion of the adjacent Apache Park and its Everett Greathouse Memorial Park.

The park was named in honor of Greathouse, 15, who was killed along with his mother and her boyfriend in the house at 72 Trumbull Court.

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