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Chief: Benwood Not Keeping Young Cops

Longwell says pay good, but excitement lures them away

October 28, 2013

BENWOOD — Benwood’s police officers are among the highest paid in the Ohio Valley, but that doesn’t stop them from taking pay cuts to assume more exciting jobs elsewhere, according to Chief Frank......

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rickey

Oct-29-13 11:32 PM

Benwood Rocks!.....If you grew up in Benwood their is a good chance that you will live there the rest of your life!Hates are usually from a different town or state! or someone that is in or out of the court system! Benwood keep doing what you're doing and then you will never have to worry!

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rickey

Oct-29-13 2:07 PM

There has been long term employees at city of Benwood and they're police dept.! and there probably be some that never will leave! With that being said no place is perfect! And anyone that thinks so should have there head reexamined! The officers and employees that did leave it was a tough decision to do so. I have worked there many years and been happy except few small issues! The full time employees really have it good! And as for excitement most officers I have worked with want it to be quit! even the young guns. Nobody ever wants to switch jobs! at least unless it's not paying well and Bewood is right up there with the highest rates! (NO FEED BACK NEEDED!).

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bloomin

Oct-29-13 10:29 AM

Benwood has a great police dept.

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acousticportal

Oct-29-13 8:33 AM

I'm sure the Wheeling PD has many many many many many extra officers..why not contract with them to have someone swing by every couple of hours.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Oct-28-13 6:27 PM

You don't get into law enforcement to get rich!

And if you DO, I don't want you in my town anyway!

The new generation thinks they can earn 6 figures straight out of school and aren't willing to work their way up!

And since their ONLY experience with a gun involved playing call of duty in their mommy's basement, AGAIN I don't want them in MY town anyway!

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Hefner

Oct-28-13 5:29 PM

@hercx007: You've made me feel as a whole person, vindicated, my self-worth revitalized, now I can march forward with the confidence of knowing that at least one person has heard my simple message, and agrees with me. Rest assured that this day will be marked on my calendar and given the same prominence as Easter and Christmas. I christen today "Herc / Hef Day. Well, "Hef / Herc Day. Can I call you, Buddy?

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rover1958

Oct-28-13 4:25 PM

"The city of Benwood is a wholesome community with strong & honest leadership."

har, har, har,har! LOL! Funniest comment all day!

After my Great-Great Grandpaw returned from the Civil War after a few years he sold his large Ohio farms and he, and several his seven sons moved to Benwood as the Industrial Revolution was in full swing. One adage he passed down was, "If the Earth was a living thing, it's A-Hole would be Benwood WV!"

I truly came to embrace that view as a youth during summer employment on the 'labor gang' in the Benwood Mill.

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VincentVega

Oct-28-13 3:37 PM

Benwood is the envy of the majority of small municipalities. They are surrounded by mismanaged cities, some struggling to avoid bankruptcy. The city of Benwood is a wholesome community withxh strong & honest leadership.

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thenewsmanjimmy

Oct-28-13 12:45 PM

I would like to see someone investigate longwell's statements and see how much of this article is true. The city can't afford to pay someone 7,000 dollars more then any other local department?

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thenewsmanjimmy

Oct-28-13 12:30 PM

From my understanding, the staff has a one week schedule which limits planning family time. How can anyone work under those circumstances? With all the money the city of benwood has how is the "chief of police" the only one with a take home vehicle? The city has so much money but your officers are FORCED to sit on the highway and write as many tickets as possible- EVEN TO THE GOOD CITIZENS. Apparently something isnt right in the department if someone left AND took a 7,000 pay cut.

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thenewsmanjimmy

Oct-28-13 12:30 PM

From my understanding, the staff has a one week schedule which limits planning family time. How can anyone work under those circumstances? With all the money the city of benwood has how is the "chief of police" the only one with a take home vehicle? The city has so much money but your officers are FORCED to sit on the highway and write as many tickets as possible- EVEN TO THE GOOD CITIZENS. Apparently something isnt right in the department if someone left AND took a 7,000 pay cut.

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DinoCrocetti

Oct-28-13 12:04 PM

I wonder if LONGWELL reads these comments? Maybe "read" is the operative word, but seriously why would someone like LONGWELL suject himself to the obvious criticsm which comes from an article like this?

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idliketoknow

Oct-28-13 10:53 AM

Good luck finding a young police officer fresh out of the academy that would love nothing more than to only write speeding tickets for the next 30+ years...

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HercX007

Oct-28-13 10:32 AM

@Hefner - Mark this day on the calendar! We totally agree on something! If you have a high turnover rate at any job you have to look at two things, salary and management. I would say the latter has something to do with it more than anything. How do you work for someone who would rather be in PR and have his mug in the paper than doing his job.

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Hefner

Oct-28-13 10:14 AM

Benwood! Is there enough money to keep anyone in Benwood? Perhaps these fleeing officers have a moral distaste for speed traps; fear of falling bridges; and the public disgrace of a police uniform wrapped around a blimp.

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rover1958

Oct-28-13 9:05 AM

A Bridge Too Far The Bridges at Toko Ri The Bridge at San Luis Rey

The Bridge at Benwood - (an unfinished saga that continues)

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mikeyd

Oct-28-13 7:58 AM

big turnovers in any company makes you wonder.there's usually a reason.

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intresting

Oct-28-13 7:47 AM

The largest common denominator in Benwood's decline is Longwall. By the way chief, you're suggested a non-compete contract for training!! So taxpayers foot the bill again?

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daWraith

Oct-28-13 6:49 AM

With a ROLLS ROYCE health plan, won't they be paying a penalty or "fee" into Obamacare?

BBBWHAHAHAHAH!

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Ragnar

Oct-28-13 6:24 AM

Buttwood is fortunate that, through no effort on their part, they have a lot of free industrial & commercial space that is cheap to rent. Kroger closed so that IMI Fabi could expand. Speeding tickets & B&O tax revenue bring Buttwood a $500,000 annual surplus.

I wish that some real reporter would shine a light on Buttwood and ask where all this money goes. The town is a dump. It is full of Section 8 residents. Horsemeat has more titles than Idi Amin and his whining about paying for training is childish. Every business and public agency deals with this same issue. You have a $500,000 surplus and you complain?

Where is the money going?

I believe that the benefit package is so high because Buttwood provides fully paid health insurance with no premiums or deductibles.

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dyingov

Oct-28-13 6:21 AM

Please give a break down of the $28,000 benefit package!

Frank, sorry to tell you this, but the problem is likely looking back at you in the mirror! LOL

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ironmean

Oct-28-13 3:58 AM

Why don’t you try hiring someone from Benwood!! The ratio of employees living in Benwood to those living outside bentwood is shameless given the size of your community!! In fact how many department heads live in Benwood?? And with the loss of most of your retail business maybe it’s time to start downsizing your Police Department a little. With that you might also re-evaluate your hiring and interview procedures a 25% retention rate is not very good!!!

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