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Scotia chief to step down

Scotia Police Chief Thomas Rush will be stepping down from his position once village officials select a new leader for the department.

Mayor Kris Kastberg said he received a letter from Rush around the end of May informing him of his decision to return to his previous position as sergeant. Rush was appointed chief of the department in February 2010 after John Pytlovany retired. The decision to step back comes after Rush failed to pass two civil service exams required for the position. He could have taken the test a third time, but if he failed it then, he could not be reappointed.

He was our longest serving officer and our senior sergeant and definitely an excellent police officer, said Kastberg about Rush's appointment. "At the time, there was no civil service list for chief so we were pretty much free to appoint anyone we wanted. He was just the natural choice."

Kastberg said he would not release Rush's letter since it deals with personnel matters, but he explained what it contained.

"[The letter] just said he has enjoyed the past 15 months, but for personal reasons he would like to step back to the position of the sergeant," said Kastberg.

Kastberg said although it was not a total surprise to him that Rush decided to step down, he applauded Rush for effectively addressing many issues in the village. There are only two more years of service needed before Rush reaches full retirement, said Kastberg.

Rush said the village "needs to move forward" and that was one of the reasons he decided to step down. He also touched on the civil service exam playing a role in his decision.

"I am not a test taker, and that speaks for itself," said Rush. "They need to move along and it is what it is."

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