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Thornville Police Chief resigns to take new post

THORNVILLE – Thornville Police Chief Nick Garver accepted a chief’s position in Frazeysburg, Ohio and will work temporarily between both villages as Thornville seeks his replacement. “He’s going to be missed,” said Thornville Mayor Beth Patrick. “It’s sad for Thornville, but I’m excited for him.”

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 said for the time being he’s continuing his duties as Thornville’s sole full-time officer while he spends another 30 or more hours per week helping the Frazeysburg Police Department catch up on its paperwork. He temporarily cancelled hours he serves with the Madison Township Fire Department.

Garver said the Frazeysburg position is “closer to family and more money,” and he couldn’t turn it down. Garver said Frazeysburg also offered his wife, Sara, the opportunity to be an auxiliary officer; she is currently a Thornville auxiliary officer. Garver wasn’t sure as of Tuesday if she would serve with Frazeysburg.

Patrick said Thornville is accepting applications for a new police chief until Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m. and those interested should apply at the Village Office. Feb. 17 is the last day Garver can continue working for Thornville. If Thornville doesn’t find a replacement for Garver by Feb. 17, Patrick said the Perry County Sheriff will patrol the village and Thornville will continue to have six or seven auxiliary officers on duty. “(The sheriff’s department) is ready to come up here,” she said.

Patrick said it’s uncertain whether the new chief will be full or part-time. “We’ll have to look at the applications,” she said. Patrick said Thornville’s police budget is “fine.” Whoever is hired must be able to complete paperwork as well as patrol. She said it took Garver nearly six months to catch up Thornville on its paperwork when he was hired as chief. Garver is currently doing the same for Frazeysburg. “We don’t want to get into that situation again,” said Patrick.

Garver said he didn’t think it would take Thornville long to find someone because people are already calling him directly to ask about the job opening.

Patrick added that Thornville is also taking applications from residents who are registered voters for an open village council seat.

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