New Kirkersville police chief says he is resigning

KIRKERSVILLE, OH (WCMH) — On the job less than six months, the Kirkersville Chief of Police says he will resign.

Jeff Finley was sworn in as the police chief in Kirkersville in October, five months after former Chief Eric DiSario was killed in the line of duty.

Finley stepped down Wednesday night, saying it’s “something I have to do.”

Finley made the surprise announcement at the regularly scheduled Kirkersville City Council meeting.

Finley blamed Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft for creating a hostile work environment. He said Ashcraft threatened his job multiple times over the course of his short time as Chief.

Two other officers also resigned, leaving the village with one volunteer officer.

Mayor Ashcraft said the village will hire a replacement for Finley.

Finley took over as Chief in October after former Police Chief Eric Disario was shot and killed in the line of duty at the Pine Kirk Care Center in May of 2017. Employees Cindy Krantz and Marlina Medrano were also killed.

Ashcraft declined to comment to NBC4’s Katie Ferrell. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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