Police Chief Resignation: On June 10, 2024, the Ross Township Board of Trustees received the resignation of Police Chief Burton Roberts.  His decision comes after much reflection and personal consideration.  His letter states that it has been his honor to have served Ross Township since September 2019.  His intentions are to relocate to Arizona after a stellar career of 32 years in law enforcement.  It is with regret for our township and best wishes for Chief Roberts that the Board of Trustees has accepted his letter of resignation to be effective July 5, 2024.  As with the recent appointment of our Fire Chief, the Ross Township Board of Trustees will begin an exhaustive search for our next Police Chief.  We will ensure that he or she will fulfill all of the needs that our fine township deserves.  We are proud of our department and each of the officers that have chosen to establish their careers here and we will work tirelessly to hire a Police Chief that meets all of the qualifications necessary to continue to lead the Police Department in the direction that Chief Roberts has for the past almost 5 years.  We are thankful for the fine staff of officers that Chief Roberts has assembled during his tenure as the department prepares for the next chapter to provide for the safety of all Ross residents.

Congratulations to Cpt. Jared Morris, OFE

Captain Jared Morris graduated on April 16, 2021 from the Ohio Fire Executive (OFE) Program, an intensive, two-and-a-half year executive education program geared towards administrative fire officers. Graduation was at the OFCA training facility in Columbus.

The OFE program is administered by the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation and the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, the statewide trade association for fire officers in Ohio.

Captain Morris began the program in the fall of 2019, as part of the 19th class of OFE. Joining him were 22 other officers from fire departments across Ohio.

Graduation from the OFE program signifies one of the highest levels of achievement in the profession. The OFE is designed to provide fire and emergency service officers with the educational experience focused on the development of executive skills used by effective leaders. As a member of the 19th class of OFE, Captain Morris is among an elite group of officers in Ohio to successfully complete the program.

During the five weeks of in-residence classes, and during the interim between those weeks, the program requires in-depth participation in a significant number of learning modules. In part, participants are required to read books and case studies, write several papers, present in-class speeches, develop an organizational strategic plan and complete a research project. The program is taught by accomplished instructors from both within and outside of the fire service including from academia and consultants.

Captain Morris joins Assistant Chief Chris Johns (Class 16) and Chief Steve Miller (Class 9) as OFE graduates

Captain Morris has also completed the Fire Officer I and II certification through the State of Ohio. He currently has certifications for Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Emergency Paramedic, and as a Level II Firefighter.