Posted: 12:05 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

Enon appoints new police chief

Retiring Montgomery County police chief to lead village department.

By Mark McGregor


A retiring German Twp., Montgomery County, police chief was sworn in as Enon’s new chief Tuesday after council unanimously approved his appointment.

W. Lewis Wilcox, whose last day with the German Twp. police department is today, said he plans to continue several department advances started by interim Chief Stephen Walker, including gaining CALEA accreditation.

He will begin his job in Enon on Nov. 1.

Walker, a retired Centerville police chief, was appointed to the temporary role after the resignation of controversial chief Troy Callahan in June.

“Enon had a good interim leader and started getting good solid foundations,” Wilcox said.

Walker worked with department officers to start the department on the road to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Wilcox, 64, said German Twp. is the smallest police department in the world to gain CALEA accreditation. He started with the current 14-member department in 1972 as an auxiliary officer and became chief of police in 1975, according to his resume.

“But it’s not just going to be me,” Wilcox said of Enon’s department gaining accreditation. “It’s going to take all of us, the department, council, mayor and community.”

Mayor Tim Howard was excited about the experience and ideas Wilcox brings to the department.

“He proved he can do it in a small department and sees it as a challenge,” Howard said of the bid for accreditation.

Wilcox said current officer staffing is low and hopes to boost the number of full-time officers to four or five and reserve, part-time officers to 10 to 12, then focus on training and mentoring officers.

Wilcox said he wasn’t ready to hang the police belt badge up just yet but felt retirement from the German Twp. department because of pension reform was his only option. The reform has hit other area agencies recently, including the Clark County Sheriff’s Office command staff.

“I never looked at it as career or job, but a way of life,” Wilcox said.

He plans to remain with Enon for two to four years before officially retiring, but said he won’t draw a retirement from the village. His salary will be $55,000, the top of the pay scale for Enon’s police chief.


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