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MILLERSBURG -- Millersburg Police Chief S. Thomas Vaughn asked council to accept the resignation of veteran Patrolman Kevin Brown, who will be leaving the force to join the force at The Ohio State University -- Agricultural Technical Institute on Dec. 31.
Brown joins another former Millersburg patrolman, Justin Estill, on the job at OSU-ATI.
Brown joined the Millersburg Auxialary Police Force when he was 18 years old and has been an officer for more than 20 years.
"He will surely be missed. He's a good one," Vaughn said. "He started here when he was 18, before he could go to the academy. He wasn't even old enough to carry a gun with me the first couple years. He worked a lot of dispatch. He's been here a long time.
"You never like to lose anybody, especially when they've been around as long as he has," the chief continued. "I think he actually applied to the auxiliary before he was 18."
Brown said he never really thought about leaving, but the opportunity was right. He plans to live in Millersburg and commute to his new job in Wooster.
Vaughn said that the policy for replacing an officer requires posting the position for 14 days internally.
"Typically, we hire part-time people from inside who are interested in the position," Vaughn said. "With the timing at Christmas, if someone is interested, I would like permission to move forward with filling the one position, and then hopefully introduce the new officer at the next council meeting, and then post the second job."
Vaughn also asked council to add a resolution to include a policy for bringing in contract employees for security to have anybody with a felony, or a crime of violence be deemed ineligible, and anybody with a misdemeanor would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
"If you have a 15-year-old DWI, you're probably OK to come in and do service," Vaughn said. "If you have theft, then probably not so much. Some misdemeanors would be case by case. It has been recommended that we have a specific policy so everybody knows they're on the same playing field."
In other police matters, council approved the request to shoot a video in the alley behind Bags and in the parking lot above Hebron Street, provided they hire a local law enforcement officer to provide security during the filming.
"There is a scene where they will be using a fake gun, but they don't want anyone to step in thinking it's real or try and take matters into their own hands," Village Administrator Nate Troyer said. "They will also need to get permission from the Church that owns the old nursing home to use their parking lot. There is a brief chase involved."
Troyer said the proposal is to have all the filming done in a few hours one evening, possibly Dec.19.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.