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Newton Falls police chief told to resign or be fired

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Will another Newton Falls Police Chief lose his job? After nine months with the department, Chief Gene Fixler was told to resign or council will take action.

Fixler was on the job at the Newton Falls Car Show on Saturday talking people while patrolling, even after being given an ultimatum to quit or be fired. Fixler said, "Even today, not knowing where my job stands, I am working because this is the community I protect, serve, and care about."

Fixler, who has been on the job for nine months, says he has done nothing wrong. He staffed officers so the community and the officers would be safe.

Fixler said, "It's virtually impossible to go throughout the year with a $450,000 payroll without cutting out shifts completely. I don't believe we should or can do it. We have a responsibility to the good people of this community."

But Mayor Lyle Waddell says the money isn't there, “His budget will run out before the end of the year and we do need to work within that budget.”

21 News asked the mayor even if that mean zero officers on a shift. He said, “If that's what it is going to take. The citizens of this community need to understand that you have to have the funds to pay for the officers."

Supporters of the Chief Fixler point out that his budget wasn't a million dollars like the prior chief's. Fixler's budget was cut by $250,000 dollars.

People at the car show say they believe the chief is doing a wonderful job with what money the city has given him to work with. Others say they see the chief patrolling the streets, making stops, and they support him.

Newton Falls Councilman David Wilson says the chief's budget to pay officers will be over by about $20,000. But he will wait to see what members of the Safety Services Committee recommend.

Supporters say they will be at the city council meeting that begins at 6:00 p.m. on Monday to show their support for Chief Fixler. Fixler said, " I hope this can be worked out and I will be here for a long, long time."

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