Following Newcomerstown Village Council's March 15 meeting, the village's police department will soon have a new police chief at the helm.

Gary Holland, a resident of Fostoria, was approved for hire by the village. His official start date will be April 5. The position is full-time and starts at a salary of $38,000. Holland will begin at the normal, new-hire probationary status.

Councilmember Sue Simmons best summed up the village's feelings by stating, "I believe our police department is ready for the leadership and stability that I feel Chief Holland will be bringing to the department. Our village police department is ready to move forward and show the community what they are capable of achieving. I also believe that Chief Holland will move the department, as well as Newcomerstown in the right direction. We welcome you and look forward to many years of service."

"I am also looking forward to working with all of you and ready for any of the challenges that may be presented," Holland said.

Holland has an extensive leadership background. He is a 25-year veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He has been employed with the Seneca County Sheriff's office since December 2008 and previously worked as Chief of Police at Bettsville from 1998 to 2008. He was zoning inspector at Fremont and former Chief of Police at Bairdstown.

Holland graduated from the Terra Community College Police Academy in 1992. His past experiences also includes grant writing in which he was able to successfully secure over $150,000 in federal and state grants for his department. He has been a guest speaker at The Ohio State University speaking on juvenile crime prevention. He has worked with the Drug Task Force and served on the Domestic Violence Board. Holland was also the recipient of the Youth Asset Builder Award that was presented by the Governor's Office.

Other items discussed by council included:

* Mayor Steve Guy said he received correspondence from Ed Troyer of the Paint Valley Hardware expressing interest in possibly doing select logging on several wooded acres that are owned by the village. Mayor Guy encouraged council to consider the offer.

"I feel this would generate some money for the village and would also help to clean up the area -- thinning out the excess trees on the property," he said.

Village Solicitor Shawn Lindsay agreed to check into the legal specifics for a potential agreement with Troyer.

* Council approved the permanent appropriations which were presented by Fiscal Officer Tom Cinefro.

* Councilmember Janet Bush recommended tabling a first reading of an ordinance to amend the job title "Income Tax Administrator" to "Assistant Fiscal Officer," and also advertising for the position. Bush recommended input from the finance committee and chairpersons for each department. Village council was agreeable to Bush's recommendation and the item was tabled.

Council's next meeting will be Monday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.