Friday, July 25, 2014

Wellsville taps Blair as new police chief

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 3/28/2014

WELLSVILLE — Less than two months after being appointed interim Wellsville police chief, John Blair is removing interim from his title.

On Wednesday night, the city council voted 4-0, with council member Mike McAffee abstaining, to appoint Blair police chief at his current pay, with a job probationary period of six months. At the end of that six-month period, his annual salary of $45,000 would be revisited, the council said.

WELLSVILLE — Less than two months after being appointed interim Wellsville police chief, John Blair is removing interim from his title.

On Wednesday night, the city council voted 4-0, with council member Mike McAffee abstaining, to appoint Blair police chief at his current pay, with a job probationary period of six months. At the end of that six-month period, his annual salary of $45,000 would be revisited, the council said.

“I am shocked, pleased and humbled,” Blair told the council. “I appreciate your trust in me.”

Blair has been with the Wellsville department for four years. He previously was a sergeant with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years and a deputy at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years, he said in a January interview.

Blair was appointed interim chief in January after former chief Steve Gillespie accepted a position with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in the agency’s Overland Park office.

In other business, the council accepted council member Travis Jones’s resignation. Jones and his family are moving, he said.

A new council member is expected to be appointed at the next meeting 6 p.m. April 9 at city hall for the remainder of Jones’ term, which expires in three years, Bill Lytle, Wellsville mayor, said. Although names weren’t mentioned Wednesday, two former city council members have expressed interest, Lytle said.

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