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Clark County

December 19, 2007

Galligan names fire, police heads for Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville Mayor-elect Tom Galligan named his fire and police chief appointments Tuesday.

Tony Harrod, a 24-year Fire Department veteran, will take the reins as fire chief, replacing current Chief Clark Miles. Meanwhile, Tim Deeringer, a 16-year veteran of the Jeffersonville Police Department, has been named as police chief. He’ll replace Chief John Monihon.

Changes at the fire department

Further, Galligan named Shift Capt. Joseph Lee, Deputy Chief Tony Decker and Sgt. Shawn Grant as deputy chiefs at the Fire Department.

With an upcoming annexation, “It’s going to be an exciting time,” Harrod said.

The city has an annexation of about 7,800 acres scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. Legal challenges to the annexation may slow it down, however.

Harrod said the department would be hiring 17 to 18 new employees as the city’s annexation moves forward. Also, two new firehouses are getting set to open and new trucks are scheduled to be purchased in February.

Lee said the department has about 58 firefighters and three stations.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth,” he said.

Decker said training the younger people who hire into department will be another priority, and Lee added that JFD wants to be a highly visible department. Grant noted that community outreach programs also may be on tap.

Lee has been with the department more than 23 years; Decker for about 15 years; and Grant for about 11 years.

“We’ve got a world of knowledge right here,” Lee said.

Shake up with JPD leadership

In addition to Deeringer’s appointment to police chief, Galligan named now detectives’ division Maj. Mike Pavey as assistant chief. Administration division Maj. Kevin Morelan will take over as assistant chief of operations, and Maj. Squad Commander David Marble will be assistant chief of the department’s uniform division.

Deeringer said that recruiting new officers, software updates and squad car computers will be some of his priorities heading into the new job. The department is looking forward to phasing in about 18 new officers if the annexation goes through.

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