NEWTON FALLS -- The police force for the village will be down to five officers from about 16 based on 2014 budget appropriations. This will leave only four full-time officers and the chief on the road in the new year if nothing is rearranged in the meantime.
Officers, their family members and supporters spoke at the city council regular Monday meeting to share their frustration and grievances. The police department fund was reduced by about $308,500 in the 2014 budget.
With the expiration of union contracts at the end of the year though, Village Manager Jack Haney said the department may be able to shuffle around some of the part-time positions without the need for all the layoffs since paying union benefits won't be a factor.
Read more on this developing story in the Tuesday Tribune Chronicle.