YOUNGTOWN — In a move prompted by the state’s retirement program policy, Police Chief Carl Davis resigned and was later rehired.
Davis formally resigned as chief on May 5, and was rehired by Mayor Jamael Tito Brown two days later.
“This is post-retirement rehiring,” Davis said. “I am very grateful to the mayor for allowing me to continue serving the people of Youngstown as Chief of Police.”
This retirement decision was made to enable Davis, a Youngstown employee since September 4, 1986, to receive a lump sum from the National Pension and the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.
According to the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, under DROP, participating officers must retire within eight years of enrolment or lose all of their accumulated funds.
Davis earns $98,530 a year and will receive about $65,000 a year in benefits, according to a benefit calculator on the Ohio Police Fire Pension Fund website. According to his DROP calculator on the same website, his DROP payout will be around $400,000.
Davis avoided mentioning retirement benefits, but said, “It’s not money. Thank God for giving me money, but I enjoy what I do. I really enjoy it.” “
“Until God tells me I can’t do it,” Davis said when asked when he planned to stop being chief of police.
Brown said of Davis, “He’s doing a great job. We’re heading in the right direction. He’s doing all the things I expect as a chief.”
The city board of trustees today plans to vote to give Mr. Davis $45,440.77 in retirement benefits in addition to his national pension, most of which will be unused sick leave paid at 35% of his hourly rate and unused paid leave. Appropriated for vacation.
In December 1984, the City Council passed a bill allowing employees to pay for 35 percent of unused time and unused sick leave.
Brown appointed Davis as Chief of Police on January 15, 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Davis, who has been with the city police for nearly 37 years, was a detective sergeant since 1990.
Jimmy Hughes, a Democratic 2nd District Councilman and former Youngstown Police Chief, said all the money Mr. Davis will receive is “earned income and rightly so.”
Hughes retired in September 2011 after serving 34 years as a Youngstown police officer, including five years as chief. Hughes had to resign as Youngstown Police Chief to participate in the DROP program.
Davis replaced Robin Lees, who was fired as police chief in early January 2021, after Mayor Brown decided he wanted to lead the department in a different direction.
Reese, who also participated in the DROP program, retired from the police department in January 2014 when then-Mayor John A. McNally hired him as chief of police.
Lees is the deputy director of the Mahoning County Emergency Management Department, a position he has held since September 2021.