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Bellaire police still frustrated with pay

September 22, 2013

BELLAIRE — The wait continues for Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk and his officers. They haven’t received a raise in eight years and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight to that streak....

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Sep-24-13 10:54 PM

Disband the department and hire a resident deputy in order to share administrative, training, and hiring costs, lease the position from the county. Disband Martins Ferry, Bridgeport, and create a metro agency. All these little unprofessional departments need consolidation and a uniform approach to crime prevention and enforcement instead of little fiefs controlled by councils. It will lower insurance premiums for the town as well. These untrained part time personnel will get somebody hurt. A resident deputy on duty in the village assigned by funding from the village and a written agreement with the sheriff would be a better solution.

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Sep-23-13 12:58 AM

All I can say to Josh Meyers is bullcrap! Counsel always put the police and fire departments last ever since I was there in the late 70's. There were years we had to go to outside sources to look over the books and found monies for a raise that counsel said wasn't there. You lost a good fire department and it won't be long before you lose your police department. Just think, once the police department is gone and the sheriff's department is contracted to cover the village, when they say they want a raise, there will be no negotiations, just a monthly bill. Good luck Mike.

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