Many smiles and approvals filled the New Martinsville City Council chambers Monday night as the body voted unanimously to hire Josh Williams as the city's newest patrolman.
New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil was proud to say Williams was a "hometown boy" who is a graduate of Magnolia High School. He also has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from West Liberty University and a master's degree in criminal justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
"He is a very excited young man with hopes of becoming a patrolman," said Cecil, who has high hopes for his accomplishments at the West Virginia Police Academy. Williams will be the first new hire New Martinsville has sent to the academy since Patrolman Don Larsen some 20 years ago.
New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil, left, welcomes Josh Williams to his police force at Monday evening’s city council meeting, where council voted to accept a recommendation to hire Williams. (Photo by Amy Witschey)
The chief noted that there is an award at the academy named after longtime NMPD Chief Carl E. Kocher. The Carl E. Kocher Outstanding Officer Award is awarded to the graduate who has gone above and beyond during his or her academy experience, excelling in all areas including skills training, academics, and physical ability.
"He's an outstanding young gentleman," said Cecil of Williams in whom he and the council are placing high hopes.
Also offering praise, City Recorder Bonnie Shannon said, "Our animal control officer is really doing well." Council approved the hiring of Linda Dulaney for that part-time position in January. Shannon said she has even asked if she could wash police cruisers if she had additional hours available.
"She's the most professional person in that position that I have ever known," said Mayor Lucille Blum.
On a separate note, Water Department Manager Pat Durant said he has been receiving numerous calls about letters local residents are receiving from a company called HomeServe from Lancaster, Pa., soliciting changing a home's water service line. He
said the city doesn't have anything to do with the company. Further, he doesn't know about them and can't even offer an opinion on the company's legitimacy.