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Columbiana Auxiliary Police Force adds local resident

Christopher Bell, 18, of Leetonia, is sworn into the Columbiana Auxiliary Police Force by the city municipal attorney’s, Mark Hutson, during Tuesday’s city council meeting. (Salem News photo by Scott Lendak)

COLUMBIANA– Police Chief Tim Gladis introduced and recommended Christopher Bell to council before being sworn into the Columbiana Auxiliary Police Force at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Bell, who is 18 years old and lives in Leetonia, graduated from Salem High School in June and has been an active member as the treasurer of the Explorer Post for the past several years.

“He is serving as the treasurer, which is a position of trust and requires maturity and judgment,” Gladis said. “When you’re trusted with that kind of position, it speaks pretty loudly about your character.”

Gladis said the department likes to start everyone as explorers, move them into auxiliary, encourage them to go to the academy and go part time, and eventually test for positions on the department as they open. This way the department knows them for about 10 years, and Bell is on that track.

In other business, City Manager Lance Willard thanked the Chamber of Commerce, volunteers and safety forces for helping put on such a great parade. He said the honoring of the Crown Theater special needs actors was very nice.

“Honoring the actors was very special and cool to watch,” Willard said. “It takes a lot of people to run that parade, and it turned out great.”

Councilwoman Crystal Siembida-Boggs reminded council of the T’was the Night Before 5K race, which is taking place at 6 p.m. Dec.11. The proceeds that come in are being put towards Christmas at various locations such as The Salvation Army and local churches.

Council also approved an ordinance authorizing the city manager to enter into a contract with United Health Care for the purpose of providing health insurance benefits for the full-time employees of the Columbiana.

The next scheduled meeting is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

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