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Village hires part-time police officer

June 19, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney


PDT Staff Writer


The New Boston Village Council approved a request from Police Chief Darrold Clark Tuesday evening to hire Jeff Mullins as a part-time police officer.


Mullins graduated the police academy 20 years ago and started his law enforcement career in the Dayton area. He later moved to Scioto County, where his wife’s family lives. He also is a special deputy for the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office. His first day with the New Boston Police Department will be June 24, taking the place of part-time officer Ed Combs who accepted a job with Shawnee State University.


Combs’ last day for New Boston was Tuesday, June 18 and village council approved Mullins’ employment that same evening. He will be officially sworn in Thursday at 1 p.m.


According to Chief Clark, the department is fully-staffed with 10 officers, but three are off on worker’s compensation which knocks them down to only seven. The number is even lower when officers are away on vacation or sick days.


Last month, Clark announced that the village will be hiring one full-time officer. Applicants must be age 21 or older, live in the state of Ohio, and completed the Ohio police training program. Candidates also have to pass a physical and psychological examination.


In addition to Mullins and the upcoming full-time hire, Clark said there is a possibility that the village could still add two more officers this summer if they are approved for grant funding in August. If they receive that funding, he said, one of those officers would be stationed at New Boston School.


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