A recommendation for termination of the Newcomerstown Village Police Captain was approved by village council following a hearing last Monday night.
Newcomerstown Police Captain David Watson has been charged with conduct unbecoming of an officer.
Watson had been on paid administrative leave since July 28, 2009, following a reported verbal altercation between Watson and former officer Todd Carr. The incident reportedly took place during a July 17 department meeting at the village police headquarters. Several witnesses provided testimony regarding the July 17 incident, among those were councilmember Sue Simmons, Village Fiscal Officer Tom Cinefro and Interim Police Chief Mike Kennedy. The termination of Watson was effective Oct. 19 following a 4-1 vote by village council members.
Watson was a 12-year veteran of the police force having accepted the Police Captain position in 2005.
Other village council business that took place prior the hearing included:
* Council approved the yearly 9 p.m. village curfew for minors effective Oct. 19 through Nov. 1 in an effort to facilitate less vandalism in the village. Kennedy plans to contact the school and radio stations to announce the curfew officially.
* The third reading regarding authorization for the Mayor to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital and Local Transportation Improvement program was given.
* Council approved the hiring of Police Reserve Officer Matthew Ross, effective Oct. 20.
* Council approved the Police Canine Unit Standard Operating Procedure manual.
* An agreement with Hitchens & Associates for engineering services (at a cost of $5,800) was approved. This is regarding the 2009 resurfacing project.
Council's next meeting is Nov. 2 at the David Barber Civic Center.