Tue., 2:32pm: Newton Falls police chief expects to avoid layoffs

NEWTON FALLS — Though the village police department is facing steep budget cuts for 2014, Chief Gene Fixler said he is optimistic that personnel layoffs, which many feared after Monday’s council meeting, will not be necessary.

Fixler said two full-time officers will be asked to step down to part-time positions and employees will no longer be eligible for union benefits in the new year, which will reduce costs.

Read more on this developing story in the Wednesday Tribune Chronicle print edition.