BETHESDA - A new era begins in Bethesda as Mayor Marty Lucas and village council have appointed Officer Jeremy Campbell as the village's police chief and village administrator. During a special council meeting, members unanimously approved the mayor's recommendation filling the late Chief Tim Zdanski's positions.
Campbell has been with the Bethesda Police Department for more than three years as an officer and is an investigator for the SPII Task Force, a program which he assisted Zdanski in developing.
''I'm honored that they would select me for this,'' Campbell said after the meeting. ''I worked really closely with Chief Zdanski. He was a very good mentor, and I have a lot of respect for him. This means a lot to me.''
Lucas said Campbell was the ''logical choice'' to fill the positions after Zdanski's passing two weeks ago.
''He has a good personality, and he'll do a good job with maintaining the legacy that Chief Zdanski tried to build. He's also not much older than the Chief was when he took over.''
Per employment policy, Campbell will begin his new jobs working under a 90-day probationary period. Water Consultant Dick Quinlan and council members will be monitoring and mentoring Campbell as he adjusts to his new responsibilities. Ginger Haring, a civilian analyst for SPII, is expected to step into Campbell's shoes as the new SPII Task Force Investigator with Campbell's recommendation.
Lucas noted village employees Jimmy Powell, Dave Green and Theresa Thornberg are also ready to help.
''This has been a rough week for everybody. We have a good team, and we're all going to work together to pick up the pieces,'' he said.
In other business, Dick Quinlan updated members on timeline information for the water project grant. He said the first documentation has to be submitted by Sept. 1, and the complete project schedule needs to be in with the final application by Dec. 1. Bidding on the project is expected to begin in March 2013 with construction possibly beginning in late summer or fall 2013.
Council also discussed possibilities for memorials for Zdanski. Campbell said he has ordered initials to place on the police cruiser, and members made various suggestions for fundraisers for the SPII Task Force. Councilman Dirk Davis suggested a memorial on the city building since Zdanski was instrumental in having it built.
Lucas council members expressed their gratitude for law enforcement entities both in the local area and from throughout the state for their support.