New Concord Village Council approved the annexation of the New Concord Cemetery into town limits and control and approved a resolution allowing two new New Concord Police Department officers to be hired during the July New Concord Village Council Meeting.
Council members approved the annexation, which is Ordinance G-7-17-1, in the June Council meeting and the annexation became final July 10. According to New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley, the plan for New Concord to take over the cemetery started a couple years ago, after the board of the cemetery determined they wanted to dissolve.
The New Concord Cemetery was in both New Concord and Union Township jurisdictions, but with the ordinance, New Concord is fully responsible for the cemetery. The village will continue using contractors already in place to keep up maintenance as well as to dig new plots.
The search for two new NCPD officers is also complete. Rich Sealock started the week of July 10 and Hayden Walpole is starting in August. Both were hired by interim New Concord Police Chief Jeff Dawson and will be present at the next Village Council meeting in August.
The search for a new police chief is currently underway. The village had seven candidates apply and brought four to New Concord for interviews. The decision is currently being made whether to select one applicant, narrow the search down to two, or start the search over with a new pool of applicants.