MASON — Mason Police Officer J.D. Reynolds has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, a position that puts him second in command under the chief.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Mayor Donna Dennis and Police Chief Greg Roush.
Sgt. Reynolds is one of the six part-time officers serving in Mason. He is employed full time at the Point Pleasant Police Department, where he has worked for 15 years. The sergeant resides in Mason.
“We’re thankful to have such an experienced officer on our staff,” Mayor Dennis said.
Mason employs three officers full time, Kendall Roush, Gabriel Starcher and Tyler Deweese, along with the part-time officers. All of the part-time policemen are officers with other agencies, including the Point Pleasant and New Haven police departments, and Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
Chief Roush said all of the officers working in Mason are now certified. They are presently working to complete their in-service hours for the year.
The chief added the department is constantly working to improve. The town council just adopted a new set of standard operating procedures.
The Mason department recently hosted an in-service training on DUI sobriety checkpoints and the new sobriety forms officers need to file. A total of 21 officers from Mason, New Haven, Point Pleasant and the sheriff’s department attended. An upcoming sobriety checkpoint is in the works for sometime in September, the chief said.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer or Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.