By Kristin Bednarski
Amelia Mayor Todd Hart swore in a full-time police officer Jan. 25 to join the village police department.
Officer Greg Marsh has been a part-time officer at the Amelia Village Police Department for six years.
Council approved the hiring of Marsh during their Jan. 22 council meeting. They have been discussing adding a full-time police officer for several months.
Amelia Police Chief David Friend made the request for a new officer during an October council meeting.
“If you would ever entertain a motion to hire a full-time officer now would be the time,” Friend said during the Oct. 23 council meeting.
Friend said with an increasing workload and only three officers, another full-time officer would be beneficial for the village.
He also told council members in October that they would be losing two part-time officers, and with the hiring process and training, it would take several months to replace them.
At the Nov. 13 village council meeting, council members decided to move forward with hiring a full-time officer.
“It’s important to us to fill their needs and the residents’ needs,” Mayor Todd Hart said at the November meeting.
Friend said that two part-time officers at the village were interested in the position. He said they would both have to undergo testing and an interview process for the position.
Greg Marsh was selected to be full-time officer after testing and interviews were complete.
Marsh has been a part time officer at Amelia Village Police Department since 2007. He graduated valedictorian from his police academy class.
Marsh was sworn in as a full-time officer by Mayor Hart Dec. 25.
Friend also said they have completed background checks on replacement part-time officers. He said they are moving forward with the process of hiring those individuals as well.