Police Chief Plans to Step Down in April

The city of Moundsville will begin the search for a new police chief, as it was announced during Tuesday’s regular city council meeting that Police Chief James Kudlak will be retiring at the end of April.

Kudlak has been with the department for 32 years, serving nine years as chief. During that time, he has overseen a number of projects, many of which he hopes to have completed by the time he leaves his position.

“We will begin the process of filling that position very soon,” said Moundsville City Manager Allen Hendershot. He added Kudlak will also spend the next two months bringing his replacement as well as others in the department up to speed on policies and procedures.

Hendershot has total control over the hiring process, though he said he would like to meet with council to discuss their recommendations.

Members of council took turns congratulating Kudlak, who said while he is excited for retirement he hopes to finish at least one of the major projects he started while with the department. That project would move the police department from its location in the Moundsville City Building to the Knights Pythias building at 604 Tomlinson Ave. The move would cost the city about $2,000 to purchase the structure and $7,000 annually for utilities.

Hendershot said a deed had been written for the purchase of the building. He added that a $25,000 grant initially deemed unusable for the building can now be used to make the it handicap accessible.