GREENWICH Greenwich Interim Police Chief Shawn Craig plans on regaining the public's trust in the police force after Chief Kevin VerBurg abruptly resigned Thursday night.
VerBurg's announcement came during a village council executive session. Craig declined to say exactly what he meant when he said there has been a lack of trust, but said the atmosphere has been ongoing for the last year to year and a half.
Greenwich Mayor Gary Sprague declined to comment on Craig's opinion. However, he said the "only basis for discussion" with VerBurg was that he had moved out of the village limits and resigned for "personal reasons." The police chief is required to live in Greenwich.
"I don't have the date he moved," Sprague said. "Basically, that's all the information I have."
The mayor declined to comment on VerBurg's tenure as chief. He was appointed chief in June 2003 after being hired as a patrol officer in July 2000.
VerBurg could not be reached this morning for comment.
Craig said the former chief regularly attended council meetings.
"I can't get into any details," Craig said. "If that's what (VerBurg) wanted to do, that's what he wanted to do."
Council members notified Craig, the assistant chief since 2005, about his new appointment after the meeting in which VerBurg resigned.
Craig joined the Greenwich Police Department as a part-time officer in 2001 and became a full-time employee the following year. He was a Wakeman officer from 1997 through the beginning of 2001. The Port Clinton native also had been with the Solon Police Department.
"I think he'll do a good job for us. I don't see any slack off at all," Sprague said.
The council's police committee is meeting Wednesday, when Craig said he expects to learn what the council's plans are. He expressed interest in the full-time position.
Sprague said council will be advertising applications for chief at least 30 days before doing interviews. The mayor expects the process to take a minimum of 60 days.