Village Puts Police Chief On Leave; Removes Paycheck

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The Glouster village council voted to place Police Chief Lucas Mace on unpaid administrative leave Tuesday night.

Mace is facing a dozen charges after authorities say he helped a wanted criminal elude capture.

Some residents stand behind the chief, because he has helped them in the past.

"It's a small town. You're going to hear a lot of things. You don't know if they're true, you don't know if they're not true," said resident Lisa Fierce.

The talk these days is about Police Chief Luke Mace. The village board decided to put him on unpaid administrative leave after a grand jury handed down 12 indictments. Mace is accused of having a relationship with 23-year-old Hillary Hooper, a woman wanted on several drug warrants, and helping her evade police.

"The times we've needed him, he was here for us, he was there for my family," said Fierce.
She says the chief has personally helped her family with a couple situations and he's made them all feel safe.

"As far as everything else, I don't know what he's been charged with, I don't care," Fierce said.

Mayor Miles Wolf says he received a tip a couple weeks ago about Mace. He got the prosecutor and sheriff's office involved who discovered mace was having dinners and spending evenings with Hooper and may possibly have engaged in sexual activity with her in his police cruiser. Mace told the mayor he was planning to use Hooper as a confidential informant.
The mayor announced part time officer Ryan Nagucki will take over as police chief for the time being.  Mace is expected back in court next week.