NEW BREMEN — After serving 33 years as the Village of New Bremen police chief, Doug Harrod announced his retirement Tuesday night, effective March 31.
“After 33 years of working for the village, I’ve decided that it’s time to retire,” Harrod told councilors at their meeting Tuesday night. “I’ve given it a lot of thought and a lot of things have went into this decision, but I think it’s time that I move on and have another part of my life.”
Serving on the police department has been an enjoyable experience, he said.
“It’s been a pleasure working for the village and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Harrod said. “It’s tough to walk away from something that you’ve given your whole life to. There’s other things that I’d like to do and I’m not getting any younger.”
Harrod noted he will be available to help find a new police chief.
“That will give you five months to find a police chief, and I’ll be more than happy to do whatever I can to make the transition as smooth as possible ... We can sit down at a later date and figure out what we want to do,” he said.
The process, he added, may take a while, as the village as requirements, including a residency requirement, that the chief must meet.
“The process is going to take a while I think,” he said. “There’s some options that the village has and I think there are some outside sources that could help us find the police chief.”
Harrod added the village is blessed with a quality police department.
“We do have a very good police department,” Harrod said. “We probably have one of the best police departments around.”
Councilor Dennis Burnell said the police department is well respected in the community.
“With teaching driver’s ed, I know they’re well respected among the kids, and in a lot of towns, it’s not that way,” he said. “They know that the guys are fair with them. It’s a feather in your hat, Doug.”
Councilors thanked Harrod for his service to New Bremen.
In other business, councilors:
• Approved the Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 meeting minutes.
• Approved the financial report.
• In his report to council, Mayor Jeff Pape noted trick-or-treat will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Cider Time will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with the parade beginning at 1 p.m.
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance to adopt proposed electric rates as presented by the 2012 Electric Rate and Cost of Service Study done by Courtney & Associates.
• Approved, as an emergency, a resolution authorizing the village administrator to go out for bids for water softening salt and sodium hyperchlorite.
• Approved the first reading of a resolution to enter into a contract with the German Township Trustees for the purchase of fuel at the village’s cost.
• Approved, as an emergency, a resolution authorizing the fiscal officer to pay the village’s share of the Frontier cost for the underground relocation project in the amount of $115,300 to come from the income tax fund.
The next regular meeting of the Village of New Bremen Council will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the municipal center.