By Victor Milani
After a nearly six month stint as the Officer in Charge, Sgt. John Zolgus was finally given the title of Police Chief of Northfield Village. After an uneasy month in which some members of council questioned whether Zolgus was the right man for the job, Mayor Jessie Nehez was steadfast in his belief that he made the right choice of Zolgus. The council vote was 5-1 in favor of Zolgus, with Councilman Gary Vojutush the lone no vote. Newly appointed Councilman Keith Czerr voted in favor of Zolgus. Zolgus takes over the position from former Chief Mark Wentz, who resigned last October. Since then, the Police Department has had Lt. Jamie Mackie serve as the initial officer in charge, only to have Mayor Nehez appoint Zolgus to the O.I.C. position the past 5 ½ months. Zolgus has been with the department 24 years. The Police Chief’s appointment has a standard one year probationary period. Mayor Nehez was elated that council finally approved of his selection of Sgt. Zolgus, and hopes any rifts in the department can be mended. Chief Zolgus wants to enhance training guidelines, and implement new policies and procedures to the department. The Mayor has mandated the war on local drug activity is a priority.