Mason hires new, full-time police officer

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON — A full-time officer, equipment, and a new computer will soon be coming to the Mason Police Department, it was announced at the most recent meeting of the town council.

The council members voted to hire Colton McKinney as a full-time officer, effective Aug. 14. A certified officer, McKinney will be paid $15 per hour.

Police Chief Rich Gilkey told the council that Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc., Tudor’s Biscuit World, and Smoke Time Sam’s donated money to purchase a bullet-proof vest for Officer Sierra Carmichael. The council voted to spend an additional $450 to purchase a vest for Officer McKinney, as well as some uniform items.

The chief also said Walmart is donating a new desktop computer to the department.

A CPR and Narcan class will be held at the town hall on Aug. 26 at 10 a.m., the chief stated. Taught by Karen Jones of the Mason County EMS, the class will be open to the public, along with officers and town workers, at a cost of $20. Following the class, Gilkey said the police department will receive 10 free Narcan kits.

Council members set the annual Harvest Festival for Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Bounce houses, music and games will be featured, with details to be announced at a later date. Vendors are welcome to set up at the festival, which will be held at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park. Interested vendors should contact the town hall at 304-773-5200.

In other action, the council:

Cancelled a proposed lip sync contest, due to lack of contestants;

Heard a report from Mayor Donna Dennis that the sidewalk project is now under review, which is the step prior to advertising for bid; and,

Heard a report that Myers Paving had tarred and chipped the alleyways in town on Thursday.

Attending were Mayor Dennis, and council members Becky Pearson, Marty Yeager, and Sharon Kearns.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 17 at noon.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at