BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Budget woes and even talk of disbanding the Butler Township police department didn’t stop 30-year police veteran John Porter from applying for the department’s top position.
“One of the things that I pride myself on is if you tell me I can’t do it, I’m going to try and prove you wrong,” Porter said.
With that mindset and focus, Porter will assume the duties as the new police chief for Butler Township September 9th, “I believe that my experience here in Trotwood and dealing with some of the budgetary issues we’ve had in the past and the challenges that we’ve had gives me a nice platform. A nice way in which to move forward and to assist Butler in dealing with those same issues.”
Earlier this year, township trustees voted to disband the police department and contract with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, but that plan ran into legal issues because of how it would have been paid for. Now, the township hopes a tax levy on the November ballot will save its police department.
“It’s obvious that what I’ve heard so far and have seen so far is that community does not want to lose their police department and so the levy is one of those ways in which we can ensure that the police department is going to be there as long as possible, so number one priority is get that levy passed,” Porter said.
When asked about the possibility of the levy failing and quickly being out of a job, Porter openly accepted the challenge.
“That’s a very good possibility, I’ve not been given any guarantees or promises and I understand that upfront going into this,” he said.
Tax levy and budget issues aside, Porter is looking forward to leading the department and interacting with the community.
I’m excited about all the food choices that are up there on Miller Lane. I’m a food enthusiast and I like to cook, I like to bar-b-q and so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to see each and every one of the restaurants up there on Miller Lane area and within the township and really get to know a lot of good people,” Porter said.
Once he assumes the duties of police chief, Porter said the community can expect open communication from the police and team morale restored within the department.