Nick McWilliams reporting – The city of New Philadelphia will honor its former police chief soon for his years at the helm of his department.

Michael Goodwin retired in July after a 40-year career in law enforcement, spending nine years as the chief after starting as a patrol officer in 1990.

Councilman Dean Holland, a neighbor of Goodwin for more than a decade, says that he is deserving of the recognition for a history of due diligence.

“I had the chance to observe him, not only professionally but also personally. I think he has represented our community well. He has represented programs that were necessary in law enforcement. He was the face of law enforcement in our community.”

Councilman Steve Rippeth also has his own experience with Goodwin, noting that he dealt directly with his office while employed by the New Phila City School District.

“In my first year as assistant principal, he was very integral when we had a bomb threat. I saw him to be extremely professional, and handled that situation extremely well.”

In other safety forces news, Salary Committee Chair Aimee May called a meeting recently to discuss raising the salary of the clerk position, as suggested by Police Chief Tessa Pohovey.

May says that filling the position has been a challenge under the current pay scale, and moved for the position to go from $16.34 an hour on part time to $18 an hour for full time.

Council accepted that request.  

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