Council officially hires police chief

SALINEVILLE-Members of the village council voted unanimously on Monday to permanently hire police chief Andrew Straley following the completion of the his six-month probationary period.

A six-month probationary period is required for all village police officers according to village ordinance. This time acts as trial period in which the mayor and village council can determine whether or not an officer is a good fit for the village. Members of the village council appeared in agreement that Straley had proven himself a good fit for the community since beginning the job in October 2013.

“I think he’s doing a real good job with the way he runs his department and everything else,” said Councilman John Higgins. ” I hear nothing but good things about him around town.”

Council members said their relationship with Straley so far has been good and they have yet to receive any complaints.

“If anyone body has a complaint about him (Straley) or any of the police officers, call the council people and let them know what they are, because we haven’t heard any,” said council member Sally Keating.

When Straley took over in late 2013, the department consisted of one officer and the village was experiencing a wave of burglaries. Since then, the department has added two parttime officers and a reserve police program. The end of March marked a historic low for crime in the village.

When reached for comment after Monday’s meeting, Straley said he was pleased to hear of his permanent hiring.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to serve this community,” said Straley. “Everyday we get closer to a safer and better village. I’d like to thank the village council and the community for having trust in me and supporting the police department.”