ABERDEEN, Ohio – Police officers and a new police cruiser dominated discussion at Aberdeen Village Council on Thursday.
Officer Anthony Mountjoy will be leaving the Aberdeen police force this month after accepting a job in Germantown, Ohio.
Mountjoy, who was part of the K-9 unit in Aberdeen, will be keeping his dog and taking it with him to Germantown.
“It would be hard to separate him from that dog,” Councilman Bill Asbury said. “I know they have a bond now. I don’t see a reason not to let him have the dog.”
According to Police Chief Fred Hampton, the dog would not be an asset for Aberdeen because an officer has to be trained to work with it. The dog would also not be as effective if paired with anyone but the officer it trained with, who is Officer Mountjoy.
The K-9 training, which was paid for by the Village of Aberdeen, will be paid back by Mountjoy. According to Hampton, $11.62 every day Mountjoy has been employed by the village has been taken off the $8,500 that the training cost.
“I will say one thing,” Asbury said. “I hate to lose him. I hate to see him go.”
A new officer was approved for hire into the position left by Mountjoy. Officer Marcus Callahan is currently a special officer with the city of Middletown, Ohio. According to Hampton, Callahan is 33 years old and working a special assignment in a hospital in Middletown.
“Basically what he is is a police officer at the hospital,” Hampton said. “He has the powers of arrest and every power of a police officer, but he works specifically at the hospital.”
Callahan accepted the position at Aberdeen because he wanted to be more involved in “on-the-ground” police work, according to Hampton. He will start with the village as soon as a physical and other aspects are complete.
The village is still looking to hire a 32-hour police officer position.
Council also approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor from the Mount Orab Police Department.
The vehicle will be purchased for $15,000, according to Chief Hampton.
The car will be replacing a vehicle damaged in an accident on June 28. It will be paid for in part with an insurance payment from that accident. The payment was $12,700. This leaves $2,300 that the village will pay for the vehicle.
“That’s (the new vehicle) three years newer, all-wheel drive and, quite honestly, much better equipped than the car we had,” Hampton said.
Other business conducted by the council included:
-- Advertising and opening bidding for a lot for sale in Aberdeen near the river.
-- Approving an annexation of the stop-light area by William H. Harsha bridge. According to Village Administrator Delbert Hester, this will save the village approximately $4,000 to $5,000 a year.
-- Approved expenses, including repairing cameras damaged during storms in Aberdeen Community Park.
-- Approving a petition to vacate Cherry Alley.