FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown didn’t have to go far for its next police chief.
Kyle Johnson has been with the force for the past eight years, including three as lieutenant. Monday, village council named him the new chief, replacing Roger Brown, who is retiring.
“I’m real excited about it, but I’ve got some big shoes to fill,” Johnson said. “Roger and Jerry (Day) before him, the one thing I want to make sure to maintain is our investment in the community and positive relationship with Fredericktown council. Fredericktown Police has long been known as a law enforcement agency with high standards. I’m very proud to have been a part of that and want to make sure to maintain it.
“They both have shown they have a lot of integrity. You’ve got to have that if you’re going to serve the community. If you lose that, you’re done as a department and as police chief.”
Johnson served with the Danville Police Department for one year prior to coming to Fredericktown. He’s a graduate of East Knox High School and COTC’s law enforcement academy.
As lieutenant, he’s been in charge of the day-to-day operations of the force, which is currently at five full-time and one part-time officer. So, he doesn’t expect much to change and is looking forward to the opportunity to lead the department.
“We have an excellent group of officers at Fredericktown. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to work with,” Johnson said.
After passing the ordinance appointing Johnson as chief, council also passed an ordinance setting his pay at $55,000 per year. They also waived the residency requirement for the chief’s position.
In other news:
•Council gave a first reading to an ordinance waiving the residency requirement for Fiscal Officer Suzan Graves. Graves recently took over the full-time position after Mary Lou Hannan retired.
•Johnson noted that the Knox County EMA will be hosting a hazard and mitigation meeting this Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Kokosing Training Center.
•Village Administrator Bruce Snell reported the water main project is complete other than some landscaping issues. He said they tested the line and there were no leaks.
He also reported the storm water project is about two-thirds complete and they hope to be finished by Nov. 1.
•Council also heard a concern from resident Jim Fox about the possibility of a satellite sewage treatment plant being built in the Knox Lake area by the county. He feels the village has the capacity and ability to handle the sewage from the homes of Knox Lake and they should look into getting them hooked into the system.
Council’s next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.
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