LACROFT - Liverpool Township Police Chief Charles Burgess allowed himself more expression than customary at the township trustees meeting Monday evening. Following an executive session, Burgess announced his retirement from the Department, effective Dec. 1, following more than 27 years with the department.
Burgess read from a prepared statement afterward, expressing his thanks to trustees and the residents of Liverpool Township for support shown to him as chief and to the department in general. He also expressed gratitude to the patrolmen who he has served with and commanded since 1985. "These officers, both past and current, are true professionals and have my respect," he said.
Trustees offered their praise after unanimously accepting his letter of resignation. Board chairman Karl "Butch" Kontnier thanked Burgess for his time with the department as an officer and as chief, a position he has held since 2000. "You've served us well," Kontnier said. "I want to thank you for your years of service and your dedication."
Those sentiments were echoed by Kontnier's board colleagues. "You've done very well for the township," said Trustee Keith Burke, who thanked Burgess for extra hours and hard work put in over the years. "You have my thanks too, Charlie," said Trustee Steve Betteridge. "It's been a pleasure working with you, and I wish you well in the future."
Burgess also extended thanks to the voters of the township for supporting the police levy that was on the ballot Nov. 6 and to the many volunteers from the Protect and Serve Committee that promoted the levy. He said the 62 percent of voters who approved the measure have assured him that the community is behind the department. "It speaks very loud volumes to me that people are satisfied with our department," he said.
Kontnier expressed thanks both personally and collectively on behalf of the board to township residents for their continued support of the police department. "Without this, a year or two down the road, we'd really have been in trouble," Kontnier said.
The next meeting of the Liverpool Township Board of Trustees is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 at the township building in LaCroft.
In other news:
- Township Fire Chief Mike Bahen presented a proposal for a pair of new mini-pumper trucks to replace an aging pair of units that date back to 1985 and 1976, respectively. The Ford F550-based Pierce trucks would cost the township $178,000 each with all necessary equipment included. Trustees accepted information packets from Bahen and agreed to study them and consider his request.
- Lex Uram and his father, George, were present at the meeting to help Lex earn a "Citizenship in the Community" merit badge. The 15-year-old student at Beaver Local High School is a member of Boy Scout Troop 41 from East Liverpool who hopes to attain Eagle status in the next few years.