INTERVIEWS UNDERWAY FOR POLICE CHIEF
City Administrator Darin Chappell
with Chief Knouse
The City of Chillicothe is heading into the final stage of its search for
a new Chief of Police. City Administrator Darin Chappell said the list of candidates to replace longtime chief Rick Knouse, who recently retired,
begins this week. Four finalists have been selected to be interviewed from the original list of candidates. The first two of those finalists will be
interviewed by the four-member search committee in meetings scheduled for Wednesday
evening (October 18, 2017) at city hall and Thursday (October 19, 2017) at 1:30 p.m. at city
hall. The other two finalists will be interviewed next week. Knouse spent 41 years with the
police department beginning as a reserve officer. He served the past 17 years as head of the
department. His official retirement date was September 29, 2017.
A second department head position has been filled presently for the street department where
former assistant commissioner Jeff Gillespie has taken over the head duties.
Just this past week,
it was officially announced by the Green Hills Golf Course that longtime employee Adam
Campbell has left the department after 17 years of employment. He was described by
management as one of the more important staff members that Green Hills has ever had,
and he certainly will be missed. The official announcement came from the management company
contracted by the city. The Green Hills Golf Course also announced that this Saturday, October 21,
will be the Green Hills Golf Course/Fast Lanes Golf and Bowl Tournament. Persons should call Green Hills at
660-646-6669 for tee times and any additional information.
The City of Chillicothe was host to the October Leadership Chillicothe program last week. In
addition to Chamber of Commerce staff, there were 14 members of the 2017 class who
gathered in the council chambers to hear the welcome and remarks from the
Mayor, Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas, new city administrator Darin Chappell,
and Terry Rumery of Rumery & Associates who spoke on economic development.
The Leadership class then took a break from city hall and went on a tour of the city given by the
city's professional tour guide Ed Turner. The Leadership class returned to city hall for leadership
the topic and activities, Essential Skills presented by Attorney Michael Leamer and his wife Natalie Leamer.
The group concluded their visit to the city with a tour and a visit to the old city jail in the basement.
The final item of business for the leadership group was class planning time.
The Leadership class will attend a dinner and graduation ceremony at
Celebration Hall at Fast Lanes on Thursday, October 19, at 6 p.m. where Dr. Tim Crowley will be the keynote speaker.
Final work on a new water line and installation of hydrants on
south Washington was concluded last week with the seeding of grass and watering and placement of straw by the construction company. The project began in early Spring and then had to be
reconstructed in mid-summer after problems were discovered with the hook-ups.
Water Main Work
The Chillicothe Fire Department recently received a $19,306 grant from the U.S. Fire
Administration for a laser-driven fire extinguisher training program and equipment. Only a $949 match by the city
was required for the grant. Chief Darrell Wright said that due to various fire extinguisher classes provided by the department, the laser driven program would save the
city money usually spent on chemicals used throughout the year for those classes.
At the last city council meeting, Jeff Arp, MIRMA representative, was present to present acting Chief of Police Rick Sampsel with a grant in the amount of $3,322.50 from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association as part of its participation in risk
management safety and liability as a department. The police department will use the
$3,322.50 grant to purchase an in-car dash cam system.
Street improvements including curbing and guttering, concrete,
and asphalt paving is now winding down after a short delay because of a shortage of manpower by the construction company.
Concrete work is continuing for Brunswick Street for the crew to do curb and
gutter work this week. Asphalt work is scheduled to be done on Tomahawk, and dirt work is to be finished on Eleventh Street by M & M Construction this
week according to report filed with the administrator by the Street Commissioner.
Believe it or not,
the decorating of Simpson Park for the holiday season was launched last week by city park employees, the Festival of Lights Committee,
and volunteer workers. Darin Newman of Illuminations by Newman and company got underway a week ago with decorating
of the holiday tree at the courthouse plaza and the checking and replacement of bulbs on all
downtown business buildings who are participating in the annual lighting of the historic
Festival of Lights
Meanwhile, the palm trees and other water park decorations and supplies have been stored for the winter. Some cleaning remains to be done for the pool area. The water park pools
were drained after the Doggie Dip on Labor Day.
Chilli Bay Water Park
Get ready, folks, to enjoy your historic downtown
area, the holiday decorations, and the beautiful Festival of Lights tour through Simpson Park. Volunteers and business and service groups wanting to help with
decorating the 38-acre park should contact the park department or Festival of Lights Committee Director Barb
Festival of Lights
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