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Wellsville searches for next police chief

Updated: Tuesday, May 20 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

Wellsville, OH --


Last week Wellsville said goodbye to Police Chief Joe Scarabino and now village leaders are tasked with finding the person who will take his place.


On Tuesday night we got an update on that decision after a village council meeting.

"The mayor has ideas and council has ideas so we are just going to do what's best for Wellsville," said Councilman John Morrow.


The mayor and council haven't given any clues as to who they are considering but many in the town including Scarabino's family have made it known that this shouldn't be up for debate. Many say Lieutenant Ed Wilson should be the next in line.


"He would do a great job taking my father's place. I believe in my heart as well as my father that he could do the job,” said Scarabino’s daughter, Angelica.


Wilson who is currently overseeing the department is also scratching his head about the delay.


"I really don't know what the problem is. I got 12 years part time here and 22 full time and we pretty much handle everything," said Lt. Wilson.


Council members even acknowledged that anyone being named chief other than Lt. Wilson would be a change in the status quo.


“Yeah that's how it's always been done in the past. It's always been done within the department," said Morrow.


No matter what happens village leaders know the department is in good hands until a decision is made.


"The police are going to keep doing their jobs patrolling the streets,” said Morrow. “I trust them with three thousand lives every single day."


Council acknowledged that Lt. Wilson has done well since Scarabino went out in October on sick leave. They say they will have a personnel committee meeting next Wednesday. During that meeting they plan to talk more about how the village will move forward.

Wellsville searches for next police chief

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