Butler Twp. PD chief resigns amid turmoil

Chief John Cresie. (WDTN)

BUTLER TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Butler Township’s top officer is resigning amid tension between other officials.

Chief John Cresie sent in his letter of resignation several days ago, and in it, he blames his departure on the recent issues between board members and administrators.

According to the township, he leaves just 3 years after taking the job, following his more than 20 years at the Cincinnati Police Department.

Cresie’s departure stems back to a story 2 NEWS first reported on nearly 3 weeks ago.

The newly elected trustee, Joe Flanagan wanted the township administrator, Kim Lapensee fired because he believed she did a poor job.

Flanagan said he would step into that position, the one he was once fired from.

A meeting was called to address Flanagan’s request, during which time Lapensee decided to resign and she’s since been replaced.

Board of Trustee’s President Mike Lang agrees that the recent turmoil caused the chief’s resignation.

He believes Cresie saw the axe coming down next on him, so instead,  the chief chose to leave on his own terms.

“We still have a job to do and that’s not going to stop, even though there’s obviously a difference of opinion,” Lang said. “I have a strong feeling that the residents are going to be heard in terms of how they view this. Chief Cresie was an exceptional police chief; he was well liked, not only by the residents, the business owners, but also his peers. His departure is going to be a great loss for us.”

The Butler Twp. Trustee says he’s not sure what lies ahead for the future and direction of the police department. But he says no matter what the township will continue to provide excellent services and protection to residents.

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