Paden City Hires New Police Chief
At the July 6, Monday night regular meeting, city council took action on the hiring of a new Chief of Police.
Mayor John Hopkins earlier in the meeting read a letter of resignation from Police Chief Michael D. Kelly who cited health reasons for his resignation. Although it was not on the agenda council voted unanimously to accept his resignation.
Later an item appeared on the agenda to hire a new police chief and councilman Postlewait recommended Officer Joey Richardson to be the new chief.
He said he had spoken with Richardson and felt he would bring the experience and qualifications to the office that the city needs. Postlewait said Richardson is a 10 year veteran of law enforcement, and has been through the state police academy plus has additional skills and qualifications.
After listening to Postlewait’s presentation council voted unanimously to hire Richardson effective immediately as the new chief of police for Paden City.
Richardson is a military veteran having served in Kuwait and received a medical discharge. He said he began his law enforcement career as an officer with the Sistersville Police Department and later went to work for the Tyler County Sheriff’s office as a deputy.
Later he resigned to take a job with Axiall in Marshall County. After realizing he still wanted to be in law enforcement he came back to Sistersville and has been with them ever since. He has 10 years in local law enforcement and said he is excited to be the new chief. He will continue to work at Sistersville until he finishes his two week notice and then will be full time at Paden City.
Richardson said he has some goals he would like to accomplish as the new chief. He would like to get the department fully staffed and have all officers including himself to work with the school and the kids in town.
He said better communication with young people puts more trust in the police force. The top priority for his department will be to try and curb the drug activity in Paden City. He said they are well aware of the problem and will be keeping a close eye on it.
He said currently the police department has to use officers from other departments to fill in and that is a deterrent to achieving goals. That is not to take from the part time officers but with a full staff you bring better co-hesion to the office.
If anyone has a concern or questions Richardson said he will do the best he can to address the problems as they arise.
Richardson is married and he and his wife are raising two daughters.