Powhatan Point Police Chief Resigns


For the News-Register

A resignation and an executive session to discuss personnel with regard to hiring and contracts were on the table at Tuesday night’s meeting of Powhatan Point Village Council.

The resignation of Police Chief Jason West was accepted on a motion by Councilman Jerry Binni. Binni added to the motion that, as requested by West, he will remain on the force as a reserve officer.

“We wish him well,” Binni said.

According to Mayor Mark McVey, West accepted a position with the Steubenville Police Department. His resignation is effective Aug. 23.

“Chief West did a lot to improve the police department,” McVey said.

With the approval of council, the mayor appointed Officer Benji Coblentz as acting chief. The appointment becomes effective Saturday.

Following the executive session, action was taken to promote Officer Chase Maffee from part-time to full-time, pending a physical examination. No action was taken concerning contract discussion after the executive session.

Council also discussed a park district levy that will be placed on November’s ballot. Earlier this month it was incorrectly reported that a meeting was held between council’s finance committee and the park district concerning a 3-mill levy for the park district. The two entities did not hold a meeting.

The decision to place a levy on the November ballot was that of the park district. None of the levy revenue will go into village coffers, officials said.

According to Lisa Armann-Blue, who manages the park district, one mill will be used for operating expenses, and two mills are earmarked for maintenance, repairs and construction and grant match monies.

Armann-Blue indicated the need to revamp the baby pool, and added major repairs are needed on the large pool.