The promotion of two policemen was the highlight for most of those attending the Sunbury Village Council meeting on Dec. 6.
Craig Landis and Chris Meacham were promoted to Sergeant in the Sunbury Police Department, with their families in attendance snapping photos of their swearing in.
“Officer Landis was a great help with administrative issues as well as taking on the task of our Property Room,” said Chief of Police Robert Howard. “Officer Meacham stepped up and assisted with patrol problems and took control of our field training program to better help new officers through that process.
“Because of their hard work and dedication, and not complaining about taking on new tasks, I want to congratulate both Officer Landis and Officer Meacham for being promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Sunbury Police Department.”
“This is the highlight, but you’re welcome to stay,” Mayor Tommy Hatfield said to one side of the room filled with family following the ceremony. They cleared out.
Before then, though, Council members praised the police department for issuing only 37 citations in 193 traffic stops during November, meaning 80 percent of vehicles stopped were either given written or verbal warnings for their infractions. There were 404 calls for service in November.
Ace, the department’s new K-9 officer, is working out well, and may be teaming up with the local Ace Hardware store on a promotion, Howard said.
In other business, scheduled leaf pick-up ended on Dec. 7, but crews will continue to pick up leaves on request and as necessary. Striping in the village square will take place in the spring.
Council also approved:
- An energy consulting and management agreement with Trebel LLC;
- Appropriations of $4.1 million from the village’s General Fund;
- Purchase orders for Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and CMI software.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.