Geneva-on-the-Lake police chief resigns, citing potential opportunities


GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Village Police Chief Tim Bruckman resigned.

Bruckman has served as the GOTL chief of police since April 2002. His resignation will be effective April 1. Bruckman resigned to pursue other opportunities, he said during Monday’s village council meeting. He has been hired by the Ashtabula Police Department.

Bruckman thanked his officers after his resignation was accepted.

“I’m very proud of the department we built,” Bruckman said.

Mayor Dwayne Bennett thanked Bruckman for his service.

“We’ve always gotten along well, on a professional basis as well as personal, so obviously it’s not something we want to hear, but we understand. People have their own right to move on,” Bennett said.

The village posted the police chief job opening on Tuesday, offering a salary of between $45,000 and $60,000 per year, requiring three to five years of administrative and supervisory experience, according to the posting. Among the preferred qualifications are a bachelor’s degree in political science, criminology, police administration or a related field, and experience with budgeting and strategic planning.

Bennett hopes to start interviewing candidates as early as next week.

“We’re just looking for someone who, obviously, knows how our town works,” Bennett said.

Geneva-on-the-Lake tends to have very busy summer months, and slower winter months, he said.

Sgt. Scott Vanderland also resigned at Monday night’s meeting.

The village’s police department has four full-time officers when at full staff. Depending on who applies, the village may hold off hiring a new full-time officer to allow the new chief to have input on the decision, Bennett said.

The village has a large staff of part-time officers, Bennett said.

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