Last updated: July 22. 2014 5:43PM - 422 Views
Mindy Kearns Special to The Register

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MASON — The Town of Mason Police Department is undergoing a major restructure after the resignations of two of its three officers, according to Mayor Jerry Tucker.

Tucker said the council recently accepted the resignation of Chief David Woolard, who not only served as an administrator but was also a working patrolman. The chief’s resignation followed on the heels of Officer Wayne Woolard, who left just weeks earlier. Neither listed reasons for their departure in their letters.

With this father/son team leaving the department, the only full-time officer remaining is Colton McKinney, who has yet to attend police training classes at the West Virginia State Police Academy. Justin Veith, a certified officer employed by the Point Pleasant Police Department, works in Mason one day a week.

Tucker said the situation is being handled, however, with the hiring of two additional part-time officers, as well as the appointment of an interim chief.

New Haven Police Chief David Hardwick and New Haven Officer Cole Johnson, both certified officers, have been hired part-time at Mason to help fill the gap. Tucker said he is talking with other certified officers to see if they can help fill the schedule as well.

Councilman and Police Commissioner Ralph Ross was appointed by the council as interim police chief during a special meeting Monday. Tucker said applications for a full-time chief are being taken and he expects to hire someone by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, the mayor assures residents that the town is being covered. He said other police agencies are aware of the situation and have stepped up to help until the police department is fully staffed.

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