CARPENDALE – Taking a vote on an issue they were previously asked to address, the Carpendale Council Tuesday voted unanimously that the town will not pay toward sending Ridgeley's police chief to the West Virginia Police Academy.
By Ronda Wertman
CARPENDALE – Taking a vote on an issue they were previously asked to address, the Carpendale Council Tuesday voted unanimously that the town will not pay toward sending Ridgeley’s police chief to the West Virginia Police Academy.
“We’ve been asked to take a vote on something talked about at the Ridgeley and Carpendale meeting,” said mayor Casey Lambert as the council met for its regular meeting.
The issue of paying part of the costs arose during the first joint meeting of the town councils over concerns for law enforcement and the ongoing contract between the towns for service.
Lambert announced, however, that he was notified by Ridgeley mayor Mark Jones this week that former police chief Jake Ryan had tendered his resignation at 4:17 p.m. on Jan. 28.
“They are looking for somebody to be chief,” said Lambert.
Ryan was hired at a time when municipal police chiefs were not required to be certified officers, however when his replacement is hired he or she must become a certified officer.
“That is not in our contract that we have to pay for any of that,” Lambert told the council.
In other business, Lambert urged residents to think about the upcoming June election.
The filing period for the seats of the mayor and all five commissioners are up for election and those interested in throwing their hat in the ring can do so during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 9- 23 at the town hall.
“I won’t be there, at my age it’s time for me to bow out,” said Lambert of the 2020-2022 term.