WARREN -The school district responded Tuesday evening to the removal of a resource officer in Warren.
The officer was escorted out of the Jefferson Pre-K through 8 building after giving the principal a parking ticket. The principal had been warned previously about parking in the striped area next to a handicap space. When the school resource officer, Adam Chinchic, saw her parked in that area for the third time, he issued the ticket.
Chinchic has been reassigned to patrol.
Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro says the principal at no time contested the ticket.
He says school officials were notified by police on Jan. 8 that the principal was going to be issued a ticket for parking in a handicap space.
Chiaro stated in a press release that after learning about the ticket he believed that there would be an “adverse effect" on the necessary relationship between the school resource officer and principal to “whom he reports to at the building.”
Chiaro said this promoted his decision to notify Officer Adam Chinchic and his supervisor that he would no longer be assigned to Jefferson.
The superintendent says he regrets any ill feelings this caused the officer or the police union.
Warren City Law Director Greg Hicks says the officer acted properly and doesn’t believe he should have been removed.
“I think the school district misunderstands the role of the school resource officer,” Hicks said. “The officer is not subservient to the principal. They work together. He is there to protect staff and students, and enforce laws. Officer Chinchic did that while working at the school.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Warren Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter Tuesday to school board members demanding a formal apology from the superintendent and a building principal.
Officer Brian Crites, president of the Warren F.O.P., says the city and school district have been in the national spotlight since last week.
"We have received numerous messages from across the country supporting Brother Chinchic's actions that day, from parents that have children with disabilities to common hard working American families questioning why our school district allows this to happen to the officers of our police department," the letter states. "Our district parents have asked for answers to their children's questions, "What happened to Officer Adam?"
The district met with police union members last week.
"Immediate action is needed to heal the wound and black eye that has affected our entire community this past week," Crites stated in the letter.
"Warren F.O.P. #34 demands a formal and public apology to Brother/Officer Adam Chinchic from Superintendent Steve Chiaro and Principal Carrie Boyer for their actions that day with a public apology to the City of Warren Police Department, the citizens of Warren, the staff, teachers, parents and students of the school district."