Council approves officer for city schools

Tiffin City Council met in special session Monday night, passing an ordinance moving forward with an agreement between the city and local school district to hire a school resource officer.

Council members passed the ordinance after a third reading to move forward with assigning a police officer to the district.

A motion to read the ordinance and pass the ordinance was approved 6-0 with councilman Ben Gillig abstaining because Tiffin City Schools is his primary employer.

Councilman Jim Roberts said he was happy this issue came before council.

“It is a step in the right direction,” he said.

Councilman Tyler Shuff, who introduced the ordinance, said he is excited to have a school resource officer in the school to provide a safe environment for the community’s youth.

Tiffin City Schools is to have a special meeting at 7 p.m. tonight to go over the agreement and consider any modifications to the contract.

Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens attended the meeting to answer questions council members may have had.

Councilman Rich Focht asked the reasoning behind having 10 years of experience required for eligible police officers.

Stevens said the requirement resulted from discussions between the department and school district. Stevens said the schools want a seasoned officer who is well versed in the department’s polices and resources, juvenile and adult systems and the school district itself.

Stevens said a third of the department meets the requirements as stated in the agreement. If the department doesn’t get enough good applications, Stevens said he’d be willing to drop the required years of experience down to eight years.

The officer is expected to be in place by September.

The council Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers to discuss the Stalsworth and Liberty properties.