2010-03-06 / News

Thornville names new police chief

By Scott Rawdon

THORNVILLE – Thornville Mayor Beth Patrick announced Wednesday that the village hired Darrel Ball as its new police chief.

He replaces former Police Chief Nick Garver, whose last day serving Thornville was Feb. 17. Patrick said there were ten applicants for the position. “They were all good candidates,” she said, but Ball clearly stood out from the rest. She said Ball served with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department from 1988 to 2007 and just returned in December from 18 months in Afghanistan where he was an ACAS police mentor who trained high-ranking police officers. Previously, he served as both police chief and village administrator in Laurelville, Ohio, south of Circleville.

Ball will be sworn in at the Thornville Village Office Tuesday, 7 p.m. The public is invited. He begins work the following day.

“I’m looking forward to getting started,” said Ball Wednesday. He said he’s been looking for a small community to work in since returning from Afghanistan and Thornville fit the bill. Of Afghanistan, he said, “That was a once in a lifetime experience.” Ball said people in the United States don’t realize how well they have it until they visit a third world country. He said conditions are very poor and dangerous in Afghanistan and he hopes the US will be able to withdrawal troops soon.

Ball will be the only full-time officer on the Thornville Police Department staff. The force currently has four auxiliaries and he hopes to hire four more. The budget currently allows for nine auxiliaries who each earn $200 per year.

Garver took over as Thornville Police Chief Jan. 29, 2008, after serving as a patrol officer from April 2002 to Nov. 2006. He served with the New Lexington Police Department from Nov. 2006 to Jan. 2008. He is now police chief for the Frazeysburg Police Department.

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