By Martha B. Jacob –
The chief of police of the Village of Russellville, Matt Wertz, handed in his resignation to Russellville council on May 15, giving two weeks notice to help the village fill his vacant seat until his replacement is named and can take over.
The following day after presenting his resignation, he was notified by Russellville Mayor Ricky Steele that the decision was made following a council meeting to make May 15 his last day, effective immediately. Wertz had been with the department for about five years.
“The thing that saddens me the most about leaving Russellville is not being able to see the kids at Russellville Elementary School any more,” Chief Werts said. “”Seeing those kids everyday was the best part of my day. Last week the kids and teachers all invited me out so they could give me cards and thank me for being their resource officer these past years. It was very touching and meant a lot to me. I will miss them.”
Chief Wertz is currently a part-time officer with the Georgetown Police Department but has taken a job as a State Police Officer at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown for Veterans Services.
The Russellville Police Department has named Officer Jay Anderson as an interim administrative police chief for the Village of Russellville. Officer Wertz said that Anderson will do a great job for the village.