By ed runyan
Village council has hired 39-year police veteran Eugene H. Fixler as police chief.
He was hired by a 4-0 vote at Monday’s council meeting and took the oath of office.
Fixler, who begins work today, was 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, which has a population of just under 5,000.
Fixler, of Highland Heights, Ohio, 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 1974, when he worked for the Cleveland Heights Police Department.
Fixler said his work for Grand River has been on a unpaid consulting basis for several years.
He also worked from 2004 to 2010 as lieutenant in the police department for Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Richfield, which is in the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
He was chief of police at the Beachwood Place Mall from 1978 to 1989.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to come to a really nice community,” Fixler said of becoming Newton Falls police chief.
Fixler will get four weeks’ vacation and use of a city vehicle for professional and personal use at a cost of $100 per month, according to the legislation.
He will be paid about $61,000 per year.
The last police chief, John Kuivila, was terminated by village council in February after complaints by two female village employees.
On Monday, council also gave first reading to legislation accepting the donation of the property at 72 Trumbull Court in the village where three people died in a July 2012 shooting rampage.
The property will be used to expand 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 his mother’s boyfriend by Robb Brazzon of Newton Falls, who also killed himself and killed his girlfriend in another nearby home.