Belington council gives police officers promotions

Belington City Council voted Thursday to promote one of its city patrolmen and to name the new chief of police.

Interim Chief of Police D.J. Harris asked to speak with council members in an executive session lasting nearly 30 minutes during Thursday’s meeting.

When council emerged from executive session, they voted to promote Belington City Police patrolman Josh Hymes to the rank of sergeant. Members then made a motion and voted to make Interim Belington Chief of Police D.J. Harris to the new chief of police.

Harris pinned a new shield on Hymes.

“It is an honor to work with you,” Harris said to Hymes.

Members of Hymes’ family joined the meeting to celebrate his accomplishment.

In Harris’ report to council, he told members the new police vehicle the department ordered is projected to arrive before Christmas.

“It shouldn’t take that long,” Harris said. “The only other thing we need to do is find a console for it and we will be ready to go.”

Harris said he and Hymes were going to attend a basic and supervisory class for In Sync, the reporting system they use.

In other business, City Council voted to schedule Halloween trick or treating in Belington for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

The next Belington City Council meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.