MASON — A new chief has been hired for the Mason Police Department, and it is a familiar face to many in the Bend Area.
Lifelong Mason resident Greg Roush was hired as the full-time chief during a special council meeting Aug. 1. He began his duties on Monday.
Roush began his work in law enforcement in 1979 at the age of 18, when he was hired as a Mason patrolman under Mayor Fred Taylor. He attended the police academy in 1984 and has remained a certified officer, although his career has taken him in different paths.
Roush is also the president of the Mason County Civil Service Commission. The commission hears any grievances of the county sheriff’s department.
Roush said he is spending his first days at the police department taking inventory of equipment and going through applications of potential patrolmen. He said his immediate goal is to hire officers so coverage can return to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At the present time, the department is down to one full-time officer, Colton McKinney, who has not yet completed the required police training classes. Officers from other police agencies have been working part-time to fill in the gap that arose when former Chief Dave Woolard and Patrolman Wayne Woolard resigned.
Councilman and Police Commissioner Ralph Ross had served as interim police chief since July 21. Applications are still being accepted for full-time officers.
In other action at the special meeting, the council:
Heard from resident Donna Vickers that she had lodged a complaint with owners of the former car wash after a portion of the structure collapsed, and had contacted the governor’s office regarding the condition of Rt. 62 in West Columbia;
Heard from Councilman Bob Wing that he had been in communication with Delegate Scott Cadle regarding the lights on the bridge and cleaning of the road. Wing will also contact Cadle to let him know the state road running through the town has not been resurfaced for many years.
Discussed rental properties and the fact that owners are to be held responsible for their upkeep; and,
Agreed to place a help wanted advertisement in various newspapers for a Class I water operator.