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

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

So, let me hang a pistol on the wall: government filings show the union representing Orange County’s sheriff’s deputies has piled up nearly a million dollars in order to keep former state Sen. John Moorlach from winning what should be a guaranteed victory in the March 9 election for a seat on the county’s Board of Supervisors.,Chastened for a time, the county’s elected officials temporarily heeded Moorlach’s warning to resist the perpetual demands of government union leaders for more — higher salaries, earlier retirements, richer retiree health plans.,Moorlach was still the county’s treasurer when, in 1999, public officials all over California, like sober alcoholics who can no longer remember their last bender, began acceding to the nonstop union demands for higher public employee pay and benefits.,•••

This pandemic, this frenzy among public officials eager to raise public pay in exchange for campaign support from government union leaders, came even to Orange County.,You can just imagine John Moorlach confronting this Bourbon Street parade, this madness of doubloon-tossing, bare-chested public officials and their union allies just seven years after the words “Orange County” and “bankrupt” were in headlines all over the planet. read more

MARQUETTE — After five deadline extensions that delayed the process by nearly one year, the Marquette City Commission has come to an agreement with Home Renewal Systems Founders Landing LLC to authorize the purchase of Parcel 2A at the Founders Landing site.,The commission voted 4-2 at Monday night’s meeting to approve a local development agreement with HRS, which was the final step in authorizing the purchase of land.,“However, I do think it’s important to point out that in order to get here, we had had to approve five extensions of the purchase agreement deadline totaling over 300 days, and also that there were assurances that were made earlier on in this process — before we were presented with this development agreement — in which it was stated at a city commission meeting that the goal was to make these townhomes ‘attainable for the average household in Marquette.’,“I’m not opposed to any redevelopment of this parcel, I understand the situation with the tiff revenue for this proposed development being part of our revenue stream for the future Lower Harbor piling re-use project, and I commend HRS for the great work that they did on the Grandview Marquette project, but I don’t appreciate that for this particular project, the goalposts have been moved a couple of times and public assurances were made to this commission and to the community that haven’t been kept and haven’t been followed through on.,More information can be found on the project’s website at other business conducted at Monday night’s meeting, the commission received an update from the City of Marquette Board of Review, voted to amend the Land Development Code, extended the Due Diligence Period on a purchase agreement of three parcels at the former Heartwood Forest property, approved a COVID-19 vaccine resolution, updated the City Commission Rules of Procedure to comply with the Open Meetings Act, and voted to add two projects Marquette County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.