Published Date Written by Noelle Barrett
Royalton police administrator Ken Yoder, who has had a presence in local law enforcement for over 20 years, is retiring.
Royalton Borough Council accepted Yoder’s retirement during a meeting on Tuesday, March 4.
Yoder, a former Middletown police officer, will retire effective April 16.
Officer Robert Givler, another former Middletown cop, will take over as Royalton’s police administrator, a job that includes coordinating the work schedules of Royalton’s fully part-time police force.
Yoder, Royalton’s police administrator since 2009, plans to move with his wife to Tennessee.
“I’m going to miss it here,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed working here and in Middletown, but now it’s just time to move on.”
Yoder worked for the Middletown Police Department part-time for nine years before becoming a full-time officer, a post he held for 13 years. He retired in July 2007, a year after suffering a work-related injury where he crushed almost two inches of an artery in his left hand while trying to load a magazine in his duty weapon, and almost lost two fingers.
While working as an officer for Middletown, Yoder also worked part time for the Royalton Police Department, and retired as chief in 2007.
Royalton officials accepted Yoder’s resignation “with a heavy heart,’’ said Mayor Judy Oxenford. “Kenny and I have been together for 24 years’’ in public service, she said.
“I want to thank you [Yoder] for not only being a good police officer, but a good administrator, and a good friend,” Oxenford told Yoder at the meeting.
Yoder said it is difficult to leave, but he is looking forward to life in Tennessee, where he’ll be closer to family.
“I’ve made a lot of friends here … Like Judy said, we’ve been together, her, myself, and [former longtime borough secretary] Bonnie [Young] for 20-some years,” Yoder said. “That’s a long friendship, and that will be hard.”