MASON — The Mason Police Department will begin the new year under new leadership, following the retirement of its former chief.
Mason Police Sgt. Jimmy Reynolds was promoted to the chief’s position as of Dec. 23. Although former Chief Greg Roush resigned from that position, he will remain on the force as a sergeant.
Reynolds will be a part-time chief with the Bend Area agency, also maintaining his full-time job as a sergeant with the Point Pleasant Police Department, where he has been employed for more than 15 years. He has held the sergeant’s title in Point Pleasant for more than 10 years.
Reynolds resides in Mason with his wife, Lori. He is the father of four children.
The new chief said he won’t be making any immediate changes to the department, which presently has three full-time and five part-time officers.
“For now, everything is the way it should be,” Reynolds said. “We will just keep moving forward.”
Roush has held the chief’s position in Mason since Aug. 1, 2014. Even though he is retiring from that job, he will stay active. Along with remaining on the force as a sergeant, he will also keep his position as the department’s grant writer.
Aside from his work with the police department, Roush said he will soon begin his own K-9 unit. He said more details will be released once his dog has finished training.
Mayor Donna Dennis added it was a privilege working with Chief Roush, and she is looking forward to working with Chief Reynolds.
“I’m glad to have them both on staff,” she said.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.