Police chief Carl Bush has given Butler Township three weeks notice of his departure and will become the safety coordinator for the Miami Valley Career Technology Center he informed the township Friday.
Township trustee Michael Lang said a search will begin immediately to find either an acting chief from inside the current force or an interim chief from outside.
Bush, on vacation, could not be reached for comment. The MVCTC’s board of education will meet Sept. 11 to confirm Bush’s hiring.
The township will have a 3-mills police levy on the ballot in November which will help determine how large a staff it will have and how much it can pay its chief. Bush’s salary is $85,000. It is not known how much he will make at MVCTC.
Already this week, one officer on the 12-person staff has resigned to take a job elsewhere. With Bush leaving, the department will be reduced to 10. Lang could not say if either or both will be replaced before the election.
Two officers were laid off last year and then-chief Danny Hobbs took retirement, reducing the staff to 12. Township administrator Kimberly Lapensee said that number would be cut in half if the levy fails. The township is also seeking a JEDD with Miller Lane businesses.
Bush, 53, began his career in law enforcement as a 19-year-old dispatcher for the Trotwood police department in the mid-1970s. He became a fulltime officer there in 1981 and joined the Yellow Springs department in 2003, quickly rising to chief.
He took a job in Butler Township in 2005. He replaced Hobbs as chief last September.