The Misadventures of Marco Sommerville, Take 2

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Ever since Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville got busted for carrying a loaded gun into Akron-Canton Airport, he’s desperately been trying to divert residents’ attention. Just a week after his misdemeanor conviction, Sommerville called for the resignation of Police Chief Michael Matulavich, a 40-year veteran named chief in 2000. Unfortunately, Sommerville came up a bit short on his reasoning. He simply argued that Matulavich “keeps the department down,” noting that the chief rarely makes appearances during the midnight shift and has little support among the troops. He may, however, wish to bone up on his arguments. After all, among the first to come to Matulavich’s defense was union boss Paul Hlynsky. “'The last guy who knows what's good for the police department is Marco Sommerville,'' Hlynsky told The Akron Beacon Journal. “He has never been a friend of the police department. He's made some very anti-police comments during his tenure on City Council. The only thing I can figure is Marco has one of his buddies in line to be police chief so he can further his efforts to influence the department. . . . To me, he's the enemy of the police officers.” And if you asked most Akronites about the police department’s biggest problems, they wouldn’t cite Matulavich’s leadership. They’d point to the lack of funding from Sommerville’s City Council. – Denise Grollmus

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