Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Police fill long-vacant jobs

Department numbers up to requirement

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — The city's police force has filled all its vacancies for the first time in several years, said Lt. Ken Colburn, Fairfield police spokesman.

        “This can only mean better service to the citizens and less stress on our officers,” Lt. Colburn said Tuesday.

        Since July, 10 new officers have hit the streets, including six in the past three weeks.

[photo] Fairfield police Officer Ellie King completes a practice traffic stop and citation exercise on Winton Road in November.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        The newest officers, who have already completed police academy training, are undergoing a 12-week field training program. Each new officer works alongside a more experienced officer to prepare him to work solo, Lt. Col burn explained.

        The department, which now stands at a record-high 57 officers, had been “playing catch-up” with its staffing for the past few years, Lt. Colburn said. About a dozen officers had left, mostly by retirement, and the department also needed to fill about a half-dozen new positions that City Council had approved, he said.

        “Officers were running from one call to another, and we were running a lot of overtime,” Lt. Colburn said, adding that the public may notice more patrol officers out on each shift.

        Noting that a number of the new officers earned honors during their training or had previously worked for other police agencies, Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said he was impressed with the new hires.

        “This shows that our profession is still attracting high-quality, educated can didates,” he said.

        The six most recent hires:

        • Martin Day, 30, of Cincinnati, a former state highway patrol officer who holds a bachelor's degree in psychology.

        • Ellie King, 27, of Springfield Township, a former Fairfield dispatcher who holds a bachelor's in criminal justice. Her husband, Ralph, also serves on the force.

        • Todd Issler, 23, of Harrison, earned the “top gun” shooting award for his basic training class and holds a bachelor's in busi ness.

        • Martin Morgan, 33, of Liberty Township, graduated No. 1 in his police academy class at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and holds a bachelor's degree in business.

        • Brian Rednour, 26, of Fairfield, who holds a bachelor's in public administration. His father, Gary Rednour, is a retired Fairfield police chief, and his brothers, Mike and Kevin, are Fairfield police sergeants.

        • Bradley Wolfe, 23, of Fairfield Township, who formerly worked as an emergency medical technician and firefighter for the city.

        The four previously hired officers were Rebel Rigsby, 27, of Cincinnati; Justin Kerlin, 30, of Reading; Kevin Harrington, 30, of Milford; and John Cresap, 33, of Fairfield Township.


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