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UPDATE: Milton Township police chief fired, rehired at lower rank

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MILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Milton Township's Board of Trustees has fired its police chief and rehired him at a lower rank.

Michael Saltsman was relieved of his duties as chief and rehired as a corporal at a lower wage. Trustees said they were looking at a different avenue for leadership.

"We were just looking for a change in leadership," trustee Dave Tomano said. "He works at the pleasure of the board and it was the pleasure of the board at this time to get a new chief."

The attorney representing the township says the trustees reserve the right to terminate the chief's job without any cause. He was asked to step down at the township's January meeting but would not resign.

Saltsman was asked several times if he wished to talk to 21 News but declined to make any comment.

His attorney, Brian Spitz, would only tell 21 News that he sent a thorough letter to the township.

Retired Austintown Detective Robert Schaffer will be Milton Township's interim chief.

Saltsman will retain his seniority and benefits.

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