Tim Littleton has been named Perry Twp. interim police chief. The township board of trustees made the announcement Friday afternoon at a special meeting related to police employment.
Littleton returns to the township, where he started his law enforcement career in 2010, from the village of Mowrystown in Highland County, in southern Ohio just under 70 miles south and east of Dayton. He has been police chief there since October 2017.
“This is where I started my career,” he said of Perry Twp. “I want to be able to help this department continue to grow, to get it back to where it was when I was here.”
Littleton said his goal is to return the Perry Twp. Police Department to 24-hour coverage, with two or three officers per shift, and relying less on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to help patrol the township and answer dispatch calls.
The interim chief said he’ll have to get with the village fiscal officer to see whether hiring more part-time and full-time officers is feasible.
“Going back to being self-sufficient is a good goal to have,” he said. “I think we’ll get there.”
Littleton said he plans to meet with the township’s five part-time officers. He also plans to be on patrol Saturday, to get to know the area again.
“I’ll definitely be putting my name in the hat when they start looking for a full-time chief,” he said.
The new chief has eight years of law enforcement experience.
He started his law enforcement career with the township police department in 2010 and was on the force three years before, he said, moving on to other agencies.
Littleton served as Mowystown police chief for approximately 13 months, having been named chief in October 2017.
His background includes two military deployments, in 2009-2010 and 2011-2013.
From December 2005 to January 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile, Littleton was a cavalry scout, Ohio Army National Guard, out of Greenville.
He was deployed to Iraq as a gunner with the 2/107th Cavalry. He protected the convoy with the 240-B machine gun and the M-2 .50-caliber machine gun. He alternated as truck commander or drove the military vehicles.
From March 2008 to February 2009, he was part of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, in Kettering.
Friday’s meeting was standing room only, as residents turned out to learn the trustee board’s news about the police department.
Lambert Tynes, one of the residents in the audience, said, “It’s been a disturbing time for a lot of residents, not having a chief in place. Now that we do, it’s a relief.”