2013-04-06 / News

Chief’s retirement will save money

By Scott Rawdon


Buckeye Lake Village Mayor Rick Baker administers the oath of office to James Hanzey as he was promoted to chief of police on March 29. Courtesy photo. Buckeye Lake Village Mayor Rick Baker administers the oath of office to James Hanzey as he was promoted to chief of police on March 29. Courtesy photo. BUCKEYE LAKE – Council member Barry Herron says appointing Captain James Hanzey police chief after Ron Small retired last week will save the village money.

Herron, who chairs the Personnel Committee, which met April 1, said Hanzey isn’t making as much as Small was. “(Hanzey) doesn’t have the time in,” said Herron. He said officer Andy Davis was promoted to fill Hanzey’s former position, however, Davis was hired as a sergeant, not as a captain, which Hanzey was before becoming chief. Herron said a Buckeye Lake Police sergeant makes $14 per hour, “which is less than what (Hanzey) was making” as a captain, he said.

Council’s Finance Committee also met Monday, recommending that an extra $215 be allocated for police department equipment. Committee chair Jeryne Peterson, said Hanzey requested the extra money and it will likely come from estate tax revenue.

Peterson also said estate tax revenues could also be used to purchase an $11,000 computer server. She said the village’s current server is 11 years old and can’t be backed up. Currently, its failure would mean the loss of village financial records. “We’ll have a backup system off site,” said Peterson. “It’s probably a good reason to spend $11,000.”

Peterson said council clerk Valerie Hans and billing clerk Michelle Shumaker both received job performance reviews and each received “small raises.”

Peterson said it’s “still up in the air” over what the Licking County Humane Society will charge for its services; the humane society is charging all Licking County municipalities based on its calls for services. She said Baker met with humane society officials to attempt to negotiate a reduced charge.

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