Amelia hires two police officers

Mike Matulewicz, left, and Kevin Barkley Jr., right, are sworn in by Amelia Mayor Todd Hart.
By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

The village of Amelia added two new part-time officers to the police department this month.

Amelia Mayor Todd Hart swore the two officers in during the Feb. 12 council meeting.

Kevin Barkley Jr., and Mike Matulewicz joined the police department, which now has four full-time officers, including Chief David Friend, and three part-time officers.

The two part-time officers replaced officers that resigned at the end of the year last year.

“We’re very excited,” Hart said about the new officers. “It’s kind of nice to get some new people in and to show a much needed presence in the village with our police staff.”

The village also hired another full-time officer, former part-time officer Greg Marsh, in January.

Police Chief David Friend also participated in the ceremony and gave the officers their badges.

“It was a nice ceremony,” Hart said.

Council has been planning to hire a new officer and replace the part time officers since Chief Friend discusses his needs with council in the fall of 2012.