Erlanger Names New Police Chief, Awards Scholarship to Dixie Senior
Tony Wilson pledged to uphold the duties of the Chief of Police while his wife held the bible, and Mayor Tyson Hermes read the oath at the regular Erlanger City Council meeting Tuesday night. Wilson praised the foresight of former chief Greg Sandel who hired him over twenty years ago, and for the mentoring help of Tim Thames, Marc Fields, and Bob Arens who just retired from the chief position.
"This job has a lot of stress and weird hours," he said. "We have a tremendous amount of skill and talent in this department. We all have a lot of strong family support too."
With Wilson formally taking the chief job, Doug Eagler then took the oath of office for assistant police chief, and Todd Brendel became a Lieutenant while T.J. Selby became a sergeant.
Then came the Fire Department's turn. Rob Hucker rose to the position of fire/EMS shift captain, and Randy McMullen became a fire/EMS shift lieutenant. Also, Josh Cox received his pin for being in the department for ten years.
Mayor Hermes read a proclamation declaring weeks in May to be set aside for appreciation of the city clerk, the police department, the building and zoning department, the fire/ems department and the public works department.
Margo McGehee was recognized as the recipient of the 13th annual Community Achievement scholarship given to one senior every year in the amount of $1,500. McGehee was one of nine applicants and was chosen by a panel of six judges, who are all business owners in Erlanger, on the basis of her grades, her community service, her extra curricular activities, and the answers she put on the application. All the applicants came from Lloyd, Covington Catholic, Dixie Heights, Covington Latin, and St. Henry high schools. McGehee is from Dixie Heights.
"It was very exciting to get the scholarship, which I will use to study abroad," she said. "I am undecided in my major, but I want to go into international studies with minors in Arabic and Spanish."
In other business, council voted to accept the recommendation of the administration committee to go with the bid of Republic Services to have garbage picked up one time a week and voluntary recycling once a week for the price of $9.35 for garbage per month and $4.75 for voluntary recycling per month, which is down from the last two years. Other bids came from Rumpke and Best Way.
Seven ordinances were read for the first time. The first was an amended nuisance ordinance which allows recreational vehicles to be parked in the driveways of residents. However, council voted to put off the second reading so that they could decide what to do about the issue of trash cans being stored at the back or side of a house. Council wants the two issues to be together in one ordinance.
A second ordinance allows pet hotels as a conditional use in the Industrial Park zone, and another deals with a text amendment allowing variety stores as a permitted use in a neighborhood commercial zone.
Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor