Kirkersville residents left with one volunteer officer after chief, two others resign

KIRKERSVILLE, OH (WCMH) — One day after Kirkersville’s police chief and two fellow officers suddenly resigned, many people in the small village are wondering what will come of the department.

“He was a good guy,” said Kathy Rogers about former Chief Jeff Finley. “He was building an awesome police department and it’s really upsetting that he left.”

Finley was sworn in as chief in October, five months after Chief Eric DiSario was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Former Kirkersville police Chief Finley in front of the village council (WCMH photo)

He attributed his resignation to a hostile work environment created by Kirkersville Mayor Terry Ashcraft.

With Finley’s resignation, the village is left with one volunteer officer.

According to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, deputies will continue to travel through the area several times a day, as they have done since DiSario’s death last year.

Chief Deputy Chad Dennis also said deputies will respond to all emergency calls.

Meanwhile, home and business owners want answers from community leaders.

“I don’t care what he [Mayor Ashcraft] says,” said Deana Scott, a business owner. “It’s what he does that makes a difference.”

At Wednesday’s city council meeting, Ashcraft said a new chief would be hired.

NBC4 tried to repeatedly contact the mayor for comment, however all efforts went unanswered. 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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