Powhatan Point picks police chief

POWHATAN POINT – A new police chief was named Monday night during a special council meeting called by Powhatan Mayor Mark McVey.

On the recommendation of McVey, council’s four members present voted unanimously to hire Joshua Haught, who has been with the Powhatan force for one year, as chief.

Council members in attendance included Jerry Binni, who made the motion to suspend rules and hire Haught on an emergency basis; Dave Walters, John Mitchell and Brady Dierkes. Haught replaces Rich Young, who resigned as interim police chief, effective Oct. 13.

The 26-year-old Haught is a resident of Shadyside.

He earned his certification at the East Ohio Law Enforcement Academy in Bethesda and has served in law enforcement for five years.

Mayor McVey administered the oath of office following the council session.

As well, McVey presented Haught with his official badge designating his position as police chief.

Haught will earn $32,762 per year, a two-week paid vacation and five personal days. He will be paid a $250 clothing allowance for the remainder of this year and $500 per year, beginning in 2013.

His contract extends through Dec. 31, 2013.

In another matter, council approved an ordinance that Lehman’s compost site will be used for the disposal of storm debris.

McVey thanked Councilman Walters for his work coordinatinng with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating and Lehman’s Landscaping to have the storm debris moved from the area on Main Street at the mouth of Captina Creek.

Councilman Dierkes, at the Oct. 2 council session, thanked American Coal Sales for volunteering its equipment and operators to sweep village streets.

Work was carried out for four days.

“They did a real nice job,” said Dierkes. According to the councilman, all streets in the village were swept with the exception of those on hills, and that was due to dangers which may have been encountered with the equipment. “The town looks much better,” noted the mayor.

Dierkes also extended his thanks and appreciation to Councilman Walters for being out every day with the American Coal Sales personnel.