MASON — A familiar face is back in the Mason Police Department, as Greg Roush was appointed as temporary chief after a special council meeting Monday.
Roush replaces Jimmy Reynolds, who was recently asked to resign by the council.
Roush is a former chief who resigned in December 2015 and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC. He and wife, Kim, still maintain a house in Mason, however.
Both Roush and Mayor Donna Dennis said the employment is temporary until a permanent replacement can be hired. The mayor said the council is looking for a full-time chief who can commit to the town “24/7.”
Roush said he will remain at his Mason home until a chief can be found that will “take care of the guys and the department.”
“Two weeks, two months, six months,” Roush said. “I don’t care how long it takes. The town will continue taking applications until a replacement is found.”
Roush said during his former employment as chief, he worked hard to get grants, and wants someone in the position who will maintain them, as well as apply for more. In the meantime, Roush said he will be searching for grant funds for new radios and a cruiser. Officers are still working under grants on the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, along with seat belt and distracted driver (cell phone usage and texting) programs.
Mayor Dennis said Reynold’s resignation was accepted during the special session. Council members also met with employees of each town department in executive session to discuss job responsibilities and expectations.
Attending were Mayor Dennis and council members Becky Pearson, Bob Wing, Sharon Kearns and Marty Yeager.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.