Rocky Fork Enterprise

Mifflin puts police chief on paid leave ‘until further notice’


Mifflin Township Police Chief Michael Pocock has been placed on paid administrative leave for undisclosed reasons until further notice.

The Mifflin Township trustees passed a resolution Feb. 4, voting unanimously to place Pocock on leave “until further notice” and to name Lt. William Price as acting police chief, according to public-information officer Lynn Bruno Smith.

She said no other information is available concerning the trustees’ action.

Pocock was appointed chief of the Mifflin Township Police Department on May 2, 2005. He formerly was employed with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal & Identification as special agent, being responsible for the investigation of felony narcotics trafficking and serving in undercover roles.

Pocock’s salary for 2012 was $68,400.

The police department has eight full-time officers to maintain 24-hour police protection, according to the township’s web site.

The department patrols the unincorporated area of the township, including about 3.9 miles with a population less than 5,000.

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