FREDERICKTOWN — Police Chief Jerry Day told village council Monday that he will be retiring effective Feb. 28. Day, who has been chief for 30 of the 35 years he has been on the village force, made the announcement near the end of Monday’s council session.
Mayor Alan Kintner said Day had done a tremendous job for the village and thanked him for his service.
Kintner said the council’s safety committee will look at the situation and make a recommendation, and he hopes to be able to make an announcement by the Feb. 17 council meeting. The likely candidate is Lt. Roger Brown, but they could also recommend going outside the department to fill the job.
Council also held a brief executive session to discuss personnel at the department and came back with a recommendation to promote Patrolman Kyle Johnson to sergeant, a position that has been vacant for some time.
Johnson, 37, has been with the department since he was hired as a patrolman in July 2011. He is a 1994 graduate of East Knox High School and completed his Basic Peace Officer Training at Central Ohio Technical College in 2009.
Prior to entering law enforcement, he was the vice president of operations at Metro Safety and Security in Dublin and joined the Danville Police Department as an auxiliary officer in 2009.
Council also authorized the administration to begin the process of hiring a part-time patrolman to fill the void created by Day’s retirement.
Also Monday, Probate and Juvenile Judge James Ronk administered the oath of office to the four members of council beginning new terms. Dean Grogg and Jim Tharp were elected to new terms on council and Ray Brewer and Bill Van Nostrand were elected to replace Dave Glass and Ron Winget, who chose not to seek re-election.
The terms of council members Floyd Savage and James Hobson, along with the mayor, are up at the end of 2015.
Grogg was elected president of council (to preside in the absence of the mayor) and meetings for the coming year were moved up half an hour, to 7 p.m., although they will still be held on the first and third Monday of each month.
Council approved the mayor’s committee recommendations, with Tharp, Savage and Brewer to serve on the Safety Committee, with Tharp as chair; Grogg will chair the Street/Utility Committee, which will include Brewer and Van Nostrand, and the Finance Committee will include Chair James Hobson, Grogg and Savage.
In the mayor’s annual appointments, Andy Fox remains Zoning inspector, Jerry Day on the Emergency Squad Board, Andy Burns on the Fire Department Board and Joe Walsh on Area Development Foundation. Brewer will be one of the village’s two representatives on the Knox County Regional Planning Commission, along with Fox.
Council authorized Village Administrator Gary Gallogly to proceed with arranging for an upgrade to the village telephone system. Gallogly said he has received a second estimate on the project which is much less than an earlier estimate which had sparked council to set aside $12,000 in the temporary budget for the project. The new estimate is less than $8,000 and will give the village features such as caller ID, the ability to record calls and automatic answering if everyone is on the phone. The phone systems at the village offices and the police department will also be separate, so even if the phones are out at the village offices, the police department will still have phones.
Council also approved an ordinance establishing a Police Investigation Fund for the village department to use in conducting criminal investigations. The village fiscal officer and council will have oversight of the fund.
Village Solicitor Adam Landon said the ordinance is needed to begin the process of applying to the state auditor for creation of the fund.
Council authorized the administration to contract for the removal of five trees overhanging a section of the bicycle path, which needs to be done before the path paving project is put out for bids in April. The village has been given a price of about $2,000 for the removal from Complete Clearing of Morrow County.
The mayor named Grogg, Hobson and Van Nostrand to a committee to examine the village website and make recommendations.
A resident of Sandusky Street came to council about a problem with water draining from nearby ballfields, pooling in her yard and entering her basement. Kintner said the village will look at the situation to make sure drainage tiles in the area are working.
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