By Kristin Rover
Amelia Village Council Member approved the hiring of a new part-time police officer this month and swore him in during the Sept. 10 council meeting.
“I am very proud to have Chris Wermuth on with us,” Police Chief David Friend said during the meeting.
Friend said Wermuth was selected from several candidates because he scored well and fulfilled all of the requirements to be a part-time officer.
Wermuth replaced a part-time officer that left the village earlier this year.
The village has been working to get the police department staff back to normal after several resignations and changes earlier this year.
“We are just trying to get up to par,” Friend said earlier this year.
Mayor Todd Hart requested the go-ahead to hire a part-time officer in May, and Friend began the interview process.
“We’re a little short staffed right how,” Hart said at the May meeting. “We’ve worked hard to get the budget where it is at. We are doing pretty good.”
Friend said having Wermuth will definitely help the department. He said the volume of calls has steadily been increasing.
“It will be a load off the part-timers now,” Friend said in May.
Amelia Mayor Todd Hart had Wermuth recite the oath of office, and Chief Friend presented Wermuth with his badge during the meeting.
“It’s awesome,” Wermuth said about joining the department. “I’m very excited to serve the community.”