Thursday, May 24, 2001

Colerain's police chiefto step down


14-year leader helped rebuild department

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — When Edmund Phillips came to Colerain Township as police chief 14 years ago, his task was to rebuild a department that had been disbanded the previous year amid controversy prompted by financial woes.

        When he retires Oct. 1 he will leave behind a professional department of 25 sworn officers and three civilians that works cooperatively with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

        “I think I've reached the peak of my success,” Chief Phillips, 57, said after submitting his resignation letter to township trustees Tuesday. “I'm going out at the top of the game. There's a time when you realize you want to pursue things at a more leisurely pace.”

        That first department Chief Phillips put together included 12 officers — only three of whom had been officers before the 34-member department was disbanded — and one secretary. Offices were housed in former bays of the Dunlap Fire Station. Chief Phillips oversaw the move three years ago to the government services complex on Springdale Road where the department has about 8,000 square feet.

        “I was around when he was hired,” Trustee Joe Wolterman said. “Not only did he guide the department — he chose the color schemes and became decorator. You've done a good job.”

        Chief Phillips said he submitted his resignation early to allow time to hire a new chief and ease the transition. Trustees said they would begin the search immediately.

        “He's a person of the highest character ... a good friend. He's going to be sorely missed,” Trustee Keith Corman said.

        Chief Phillips began his law enforcement career as a cadet with the Ohio Highway Patrol in Dayton in 1964, becoming a trooper the following year. He also worked as a police officer in Centerville and chief of the Huber Heights Police Department before coming to Colerain Township in June 1987.

       



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