Belington police chief resigns

Belington Chief of Police Keith Rowan announced he will resign from his position April 19. The news came during the Belington City Council meeting Thursday night.

“I want to thank council for allowing me to be chief,” Rowan said. “I want to thank Susie (Bradley) and Anita (Thorne). They have been real nice to me.”

Following the meeting, Rowan said he felt he had to resign.

“The mayor’s (Jody Haller) definition of my job description and mine do not blend together,” Rowan said. “They never will. It’s like oil and water.”

Rowan was hired by the City of Belington for their police force in January 2011. He was recommended for the position by then Chief Jeff Roy. Roy said Rowan would make a great addition to the force as he recently retired from the Buckhannon Police Department after 32 years of service. Haller recommended Rowan for the Belington Chief of Police position in October 2011 after Roy resigned to take a position in Randolph County.

Because Rowan’s resignation was not listed on the agenda, council members declined to accept or reject Rowan’s decision until next council meeting.

In other business, Belington City Council took the following actions:

Approved a building permit for Wayne West at 322 High St. West wants to add an 18-by-20-foot carport, enclosed with sheet metal for $695. West was instructed to check whether the enclosure must be wood.

Approved a building permit for Rick Sandrich at 220 Locust Ave. for a 16-by-22-foot pole building for $6,000.

Reminded residents that the planting of trees or shrubs in street right-of-ways is prohibited without prior approval from council.

Approved resolution 7 relating to the wastewater project.

Approved the first reading of a rate ordinance relating to the water storage tank project.

Approved business license applications from Gold and Gun Pawn Shop, Windmill’s Steak and Pizza House and Sandy’s Midtown Tavern.

Belington Council members welcomed James Lawrence, newest member from First Ward. Lawrence said his first meeting was interesting.

“This is all new to me and is my first meeting,” Lawrence said. “I just hope I can represent my ward and the community to the best of my ability.”

The next Belington City Council meeting will be 7:30 p.m. April 18.

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