Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
During a meeting of New Boston Council on Tuesday evening, Mayor James Warren announced the promotion of New Boston Police officer Brian Reed to the rank of sergeant, with a one-year probation.
Councilman Mike Payton asked Warren if the promotion required a vote by council, and Warren explained that it did not because it was an existing vacancy. New Boston Police Chief Darrold Clark further explained there are two sergeant positions in the department; one was already filled by Sgt. Nagel and the other was vacant and now filled by Sgt. Reed.
Payton asked council to convene in executive session to discuss the potential discipline of personnel, which they did. They returned and took no further action.
Warren said the appointments and hires made by the New Boston Police Department in recent months have been to their benefit. In addition to promoting Reed to sergeant, the village has also hired two part-time officers recently. Meanwhile, Warren reported to council Tuesday evening that two officers are off on medical leave — one until December and the other until January.
In other police news, Councilman Dan Fetty asked Chief Clark if the village was in compliance with a recent court ruling in the state of Ohio that the Intoxilyzer 8000 breathalyzer machine is unreliable. According to the ruling, cell phones can change the results of the Intoxilyzer 8000, and that police officers using that breathalyzer can can drive up the numbers they get for blood-alcohol levels by the way they administer the test.
Clark told council that the village did use the Intoxilyzer 8000 at one time, but has already discontinued the machine and is currently training officers to use their new 5000 model. In the meantime, Clark said, all suspected DUIs are urine tested. The urine test is more expensive and takes longer — sometimes weeks — to complete.
The New Boston Village Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Vern Riffe Community Center on Rhodes Avenue. The next regular meeting will be Sept. 17.
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