Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is calling the current state of gun violence in the city and the number of homicides we've seen so far this year a "tragedy."
After a record-setting 50 homicides in the city of Akron in all of 2020, the city has already recorded 15 in less than three months of 2021, and we are on pace to shatter last year's statistics.
With that, Mayor Horrigan announced Monday that he intends to use "significant" federal relief dollars to combat the issue. In his virtual town hall on Facebook, the mayor updated the city on his office's search for the next Chief of Police in Akron, again noting that the city's looking for you input on that search.
The office of the chief has been vacant since former Chief Ken Ball retired in early February.
Click here to give your feedback on the search for the next chief.