Chief retires in Braceville

BRACEVILLE — After more than 20 years with the township police department, Chief William Garro will be leaving at the end of the month.

Township trustees at their meeting Tuesday accepted the resignation of Garro, who has served as chief for the past 10 years.

Trustee Chairwoman Rebecca Rood read a letter from Garro, who was not at the meeting, stating Garro works a full-time job at a Youngstown prison, where he often works 60 to 70 hours per week.

The letter states Garro enjoyed his time working in Braceville. Garro could not be reached for comment.

Trustee Dennis Kuchta said Garro was “very professional and did a very good job.” He said he was surprised when trustees received the letter.

Rood said she understood Garro works a full-time job with overtime and needed to spend time with his wife and children. Garro’s last day is Feb. 28.

Trustees met in executive session after the meeting on personnel and named Josh Rudesill, a police detective/ sergeant, as the acting chief, effective March 1.

Rood said trustees will review what to do to fill the position, noting they would like to fill it with someone within the department, but they may decide to seek applicants.

In other business, trustees:

• Approved H2O Water Pump Service of Austintown at $4,510 to have four water wells sealed: one at the township park, one at 586 Church St., and two at 800 Braceville-Robinson Road;

• Approved having the electric brought up to code at the pavilion at the township center at a cost of $520;

• Approved chip and seal work with asphalt grading on Shanks-Down Road at $6,032 to be done by the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office;

• Hired Gil Blair as legal counsel at $125 per hour;

• Discussed holding a community yard sale either in conjunction with Newton Falls in August or Garrettsville in May;

• Approved $505 for a fax/ copier/ printer for the fire department and $250 for building a fire hose rack;

• Will have fire department vehicles inspected and serviced in March by D&T PM Truck Repair.