Medina police chief will retire end of 2015

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 February 2015 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – The chief of the Medina Police Department for the past 17 years will retire at the end of 2015.

Jose Avila made the announcement during tonight’s Village Board meeting. Avila is the second long-tenured village department head to announce a retirement for later this year. Todd Zinkievich, the Fire Department chief, announcedlast month that he will retire this summer.

Avila has earned the respect of village officials and the community, said Mayor Andrew Meier.

“He has been a class act the way he went about the job,” Meier said. “He has definitely served the village with dignity.”

Avila has been more than an administrator for the department. He is active in community policing, whether making arrests or directing traffic during local parades.

“He definitely gets out and engages with a lot of personal interaction with the public,” Meier said. “He is approaching a very well-deserved retirement.”