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COLUMBIANA — A longtime city police officer has been chosen to fill the police chief position vacated by Tim Gladis in November due to retirement.

On Tuesday, council unanimously approved hiring Bill Myers as police chief following the recommendation from City Manager Lance Willard.

Myers has more than 23 years of experience in law enforcement. He first joined the Columbiana department in 1995 as a part-time officer and was recently promoted to full-time before opting to try for the open position.

“We believe that he is going to be a great part of the team,” Willard said.

Willard said that Myers has supervisory experience, and has worked with all of the city departments over the years.

“He knows the town, he knows the storefront owners. I think he has a passion for our town, and a passion to get out there and hit the streets and continue working with the storefront owners and the community,” Willard said.

Myers was given the oath of office by Mayor Rick Noel during the Tuesday meeting.

On a related matter, Willard said that more than 20 people have signed up to take the civil service test to become a police officer. The city is filling two officer positions after two left for jobs with the county sheriff’s office.

Willard said the Civil Service Commission will provide the city with a list of the top 10 candidates to choose from and that the list is typically good for two years or until depleted.

Willard also announced during the meeting that the Community Reinvestment Area Negotiating Committee plans to meet next week to consider a project. He said if the project moves forward it will involve annexation. The project will need the consent of the Columbiana school district and council in order to move forward.

In other business, council approved a request from the Fairfield Ruritans to hold the annual antique car show from noon to 4 p.m. July 11 on South Main Street.

Setting a public hearing for March 16 regarding amending a section of the zoning code pertaining to the addition of “professional offices” for conditional use permits in residential zoned areas. Councilman Dan Bekar voted against.

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