GIRARD — Girard Assistant Police Chief Todd Melton was terminated from his position, effective immediately, Tuesday, following a vote by the Girard City Council.

The council voted unanimously to terminate Melton after an executive session at its regular meeting Tuesday. The city could not provide any more information. The reason for Melton’s termination is protected through the executive session.

Attempts to reach Melton for comment were unsuccessful.

Melton had served on the Girard Police Department for 11 years, and served as assistant chief since 2007.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance amendment to change the zoning classification from a property from R1 — residential, single family — to R2 — residential, two family.

The council looked at a lease agreement with Roger Clausen. Clausen has leased a piece of land behind the Girard Industrial Park and farmed it in the past, but there has never been an official lease agreement. The land is owned by the city and will be used if industrial park expansion is ever needed. The council is currently working with Clausen to have a formal lease agreement put into place.

City Administrator Johanna Winter will meet with Clausen and present a new lease agreement at the council’s next meeting.

The council received information on upcoming mill and overlay project possibilities for 2018, as well as approving several cereal malt beverage license for 2018.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.