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Geneva City Council ponders residency exemption for PD chief

When Jeff Trickler was hired as the city’s police chief in 2011, it was done so on the idea he would be moving into the city as part of a residency requirement adopted by the City Council.

More than six years later, Trickler still lives on White Springs Road in the town of Geneva, just outside city limits.

However, earlier this year, city activist Jim Meaney, who operates a blog called “Geneva Believer,” addressed City Council, asking why Trickler had yet to move into the city. Meaney also wrote about it on his blog.

The city did not respond that night, but last week, it held an executive session where the issue was discussed, City Manager Matt Horn acknowledged on Monday.

That discussion turned into action set for Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, where members are expected to vote on a resolution to approve a residency exemption for Trickler, who received a $2,500 stipend for moving expenses from the city related to his hiring. The resolution asks that the police chief return “any city funds provided to advance Chief Trickler’s relocation.”

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