Kenova's New Chief of Police

Kenova's New Chief of Police

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what i hear

Ashland, KY

#1 Oct 11, 2009
I wanted to get a feel for what people thought about the new chief of police appointment in Kenova; Robert McComas will offically take office on the 15th of October, reportedly. What I understand, Mr. McComas retired from the WVSP after 25 years of service, received a purple heart, but spent most of his career with the State Police in D company (Southern Part of the State), currently resides in Beckly. But that is most of what I know about the man.
4 sure

United States

#2 Oct 11, 2009
Super nice guy (super tall)....seems to have his head on straight. We need that - for sure.
I think he will do a fine job.
I think Kenova is blessed to have him on board.
Perplexed

Ona, WV

#3 Oct 12, 2009
I do wish the new chief good luck with his new job. Having said that I have to question a couple of remarks he made to the news in regards to getting a grant to hire a couple of new cops. Since the old chief is coming back to the dept as a Lieutenant we are actually picking up one additional officer there. With Kenova's money situation being what it is (Broke) I would think we could use a lot more things other than 2 additional cops. I realise the new chief said "Grant" but I highly doubt the grant will pay those officer's salaries the rest of their life and of course they will need their own cruiser to drive home every night. Will the grant cover those additional expenses too?
wonderful

United States

#4 Oct 12, 2009
I think it is about time that we get someone in this town that might be able to clean up the drugs. I do hope that he will stop all the crazy stuff such as pulling people over and giving them tickets just for a burnt out light. He does have his hands full in this town. Everyone I have talked to said they are glad to have him. I just hope that the other police officers listen to him and maybe than can learn a few things the police should not be out there to harass but to help people and catch the real criminals. Is there anyway he might help with the murder of Terry Methax?
honestly

United States

#5 Oct 12, 2009
Perplexed wrote:
I do wish the new chief good luck with his new job. Having said that I have to question a couple of remarks he made to the news in regards to getting a grant to hire a couple of new cops. Since the old chief is coming back to the dept as a Lieutenant we are actually picking up one additional officer there. With Kenova's money situation being what it is (Broke) I would think we could use a lot more things other than 2 additional cops. I realise the new chief said "Grant" but I highly doubt the grant will pay those officer's salaries the rest of their life and of course they will need their own cruiser to drive home every night. Will the grant cover those additional expenses too?
This is a question for the MAYOR....not us residents on the blog.
Perplexed

Ona, WV

#6 Oct 12, 2009
honestly wrote:
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This is a question for the MAYOR....not us residents on the blog.
Actually it is a question that I brought up for discussion on this blog dedicated to talking about all things in regards to Kenova. If you don't like the topic then post about the girls of Park Circle or something. I just find it a little odd that the the new sherriff in town's top priorty is adding 2 more cops when he hasn't been around long enough to be able to evaluate that need for himself. But then you may be right. He is being told to add two more cops by the mayor and doesn't have a choice in the matter.

Since: Oct 09

Kenova, WV

#7 Oct 12, 2009
Perplexed wrote:
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Actually it is a question that I brought up for discussion on this blog dedicated to talking about all things in regards to Kenova. If you don't like the topic then post about the girls of Park Circle or something. I just find it a little odd that the the new sherriff in town's top priorty is adding 2 more cops when he hasn't been around long enough to be able to evaluate that need for himself. But then you may be right. He is being told to add two more cops by the mayor and doesn't have a choice in the matter.
When you think about it additional police officers would probably reduce cost, by no other means as reducing overtime accumulated by the current officers. I do view the safety of the citizens as a priority and also see that the police department can increase income to the department to make up for increased cost attributed to additional officers. There will come a point of diminishing marginal returns will drop below the cost line and cause a under run in the department, but I would highly doubt the department is at that point with 6 active officers and the former chief on medical leave.

With those figures alone, if 2 officers are on duty at all times of the day, that is 336 man hours a week. That would mean each officer gets 56 hours, or 16 hours of overtime each week. Now this might not always happen, since there are not actually always 2 officers on duty, but it's a scary thought if there are not. Now those 96 hours of overtime at 1.5 time, equal 144 actual man hours, which means at least 3 and almost 4 new officers could be hired to eliminate the overtime and maintain the same cost. I would imagine the department would benefit from 10 officers rather than 6 at the same cost. They can share cars, so there wouldn't be any increase cost there, and there are granting programs that allow for new cars, or increasing department revenue from increase patrols could offset the cost of buying vehicles. So a simple calculation from an outsider of the department shows cost savings and necessity for additional officers, I'm sure Chief Mccomas has realized that quickly and is why he is pushing for new officers.
question

Wexford, PA

#8 Oct 12, 2009
Perplexed wrote:
I do wish the new chief good luck with his new job. Having said that I have to question a couple of remarks he made to the news in regards to getting a grant to hire a couple of new cops. Since the old chief is coming back to the dept as a Lieutenant we are actually picking up one additional officer there. With Kenova's money situation being what it is (Broke) I would think we could use a lot more things other than 2 additional cops. I realise the new chief said "Grant" but I highly doubt the grant will pay those officer's salaries the rest of their life and of course they will need their own cruiser to drive home every night. Will the grant cover those additional expenses too?
Is Bear coming back for sure? I thought he said that decision would depend on his health? Why the criticism before the new chief actually gets started? His resume certainly is impressive. IMO more officers is always a plus.
Perplexed

Wellington, OH

#9 Oct 12, 2009
I'm not sure I agree totaly with your figures. It is sometimes more economical to pay the overtime instead of hiring more people. You will also be adding the cost of benefits like insurance and retirement plans for new employees that you aren't figuring into your calculations. Having existing officers work overtime does not incur those costs. Sharing cars is an option but that would depend on it actually being implemented. So yes, there may be a cost savings and there may not. As far as feeling safer, I doubt I would. I assume the increase in revenue that these officers would generate would be in the form of additional fines levied on mostly the people who live here. So if the idea is to add more officers to write more tickets and generate more revenue for the town then I don't agree with that. A ticket should be to deter crime not provide income for a balance sheet. I guess we will see how it goes. I really do hope for the best and wish the new chief all the best, but it seems like evertime our city government comes up with a plan we end up paying through the nose. There are grant programs that do provide monies to pay for overtime for police depts. Maybe they should look into hiring a full time grant writer.
concerned citizen

Ashland, OH

#10 Oct 13, 2009
being a resident of Kenova, I am thrilled about our new police chief; I have heard that he intends to solve the Terry Methax murder as well as do something about the drugs in Kenova; I know firsthand that the police have been aware of certain drug dealers in Kenova; and when asked why they didnt do something about it stated "We dont want to mess with him....."
Kenova certainly is no longer the safe little town that it was when I was a child; it would be
a great thing to see our community a safer place to live.
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honestly

United States

#12 Oct 17, 2009
Perplexed wrote:
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Actually it is a question that I brought up for discussion on this blog dedicated to talking about all things in regards to Kenova. If you don't like the topic then post about the girls of Park Circle or something. I just find it a little odd that the the new sherriff in town's top priorty is adding 2 more cops when he hasn't been around long enough to be able to evaluate that need for himself. But then you may be right. He is being told to add two more cops by the mayor and doesn't have a choice in the matter.
To start with you were asking questions that us bloggers are NEVER going to be able to answer. My point is - if you want an answer your best bet is to ask the MAYOR....not us bloggers.
Secondly, I will post to ANY or ALL posts that I choose to.
Thirdly, I have realized that you are truly a troublemaker and a frickin NUT.
I do not think that you would be happy no matter if the City was in PERFECT shape....YOU would STILL complain.
It is people like you that make the City look worse.
That is MY opinion as a blogger. You most certainly have your opinions.....and share them constantly.
Opinions are opinions.
someone

United States

#13 Oct 18, 2009
I really do hope that he comes here with the intent to clean Kenova up and get rid of all the bs that goes on in kenova and make the officers do they job instead of doing what they think is right. Don't get me wrong I have a friend that works there and some of them do there job and do it well. But Kenova is the type of town that is and always will be it is all who you know. I really hope he does good for this town and wish him luck on his new job.
Perplexed

Wellington, OH

#14 Oct 19, 2009
honestly wrote:
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To start with you were asking questions that us bloggers are NEVER going to be able to answer. My point is - if you want an answer your best bet is to ask the MAYOR....not us bloggers.
Secondly, I will post to ANY or ALL posts that I choose to.
Thirdly, I have realized that you are truly a troublemaker and a frickin NUT.
I do not think that you would be happy no matter if the City was in PERFECT shape....YOU would STILL complain.
It is people like you that make the City look worse.
That is MY opinion as a blogger. You most certainly have your opinions.....and share them constantly.
Opinions are opinions.
Calling me names will not make me go away and only shows your ignorance and that you are juvenile. Also, this is not a blog it is a forum. A forum is public meeting or assembly for open discussion. Look it up. Maybe you should start your own blog so you can discuss your views with youself.

I have been a resident of Kenova for over 50 years and have seen the good and the bad. The last ten years have been a joke and it looks to be getting worse not better "in my personal opinion". People like me aren't making the city look worse. Our leaders do a fine job of that all by themselves and don't need any help from me.

Like you, I will post to any and all threads on this forum that I choose, so I guess you'll just have to find a way to live with it.
Have a nice day!
UR out there

Roy, WA

#15 Oct 19, 2009
Perplexed wrote:
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Calling me names will not make me go away and only shows your ignorance and that you are juvenile. Also, this is not a blog it is a forum. A forum is public meeting or assembly for open discussion. Look it up. Maybe you should start your own blog so you can discuss your views with youself.
I have been a resident of Kenova for over 50 years and have seen the good and the bad. The last ten years have been a joke and it looks to be getting worse not better "in my personal opinion". People like me aren't making the city look worse. Our leaders do a fine job of that all by themselves and don't need any help from me.
Like you, I will post to any and all threads on this forum that I choose, so I guess you'll just have to find a way to live with it.
Have a nice day!
I have been a resident just as long...and I see a HUGE improvement. It seems to me that you continue moaning and groaning about EVERYTHING. Think about it -- you NEVER have anything nice or postive to say. You are one of those people that see the glass half empty -- instead of half full.
Look outside of the box !!
Good grief get over yourself.
Long time Kenova resident

United States

#16 Nov 9, 2009
I feel the new chief of police is a welcoming site to the town. When the tragedy occurred with the truck and wheelchair, there was a REAL investigation. This was not laid aside, looked at as an accident, which it was I feel, and was treated as a real crime scene. I do wish the older cops would still be on force. Thumbs up to Bear, Francis, and Perry. We miss Ross, Dickerson, Cam bell, and all the others to. I wish the new chief luck and lets hope he uses real law instead of Wayne County law.
friend from kenova

Youngstown, OH

#17 Nov 12, 2009
Long time Kenova resident wrote:
I feel the new chief of police is a welcoming site to the town. When the tragedy occurred with the truck and wheelchair, there was a REAL investigation. This was not laid aside, looked at as an accident, which it was I feel, and was treated as a real crime scene. I do wish the older cops would still be on force. Thumbs up to Bear, Francis, and Perry. We miss Ross, Dickerson, Cam bell, and all the others to. I wish the new chief luck and lets hope he uses real law instead of Wayne County law.
the only reason it was investigated was because the state police done it
question

Wexford, PA

#18 Nov 12, 2009
Long time Kenova resident wrote:
I feel the new chief of police is a welcoming site to the town. When the tragedy occurred with the truck and wheelchair, there was a REAL investigation. This was not laid aside, looked at as an accident, which it was I feel, and was treated as a real crime scene. I do wish the older cops would still be on force. Thumbs up to Bear, Francis, and Perry. We miss Ross, Dickerson, Cam bell, and all the others to. I wish the new chief luck and lets hope he uses real law instead of Wayne County law.
Do you mean Ronnie Dickerson???
kenova resident

United States

#19 Nov 20, 2009
yeah i meant poor old ronnie dickerson and for the new chief if it was not for him the statemay not have been involved in handling the accident look at all the other crime scenes that the state was never called in on like the mathix murder and the little boy getting hit in the head with the tool i think the new chief will be great
old

Ashland, OH

#20 Jan 9, 2010
Needs to seriously learn how to talk to people.
coach

Butler, PA

#21 Jan 10, 2010
New blood will be great,someone not afraid of the dealers in this town,someone that wont turn their back and look the other way.That has went on way to long.And our kids are the ones paying for it.
Go Chief bust them,pull um over set up dui check points,lets make this a town where all good people want to live.WE ALL HAVE TO GET BEHIND OUR CITY TO HELP.

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