ENON – Two new part-time police officers were sworn into office during the Feb. 28 Enon Village Council Meeting and now have joined the ranks of the Enon Police Department.
Enon Mayor Tim Howard administered the oath of office to Officers Tyler Michael Long and Michael J. Stratton during a brief ceremony before a gathering of family members, friends and fellow officers.
Officer Long, who has lived in the Enon area since 1998 and is a 2012 Greenon High School graduate, received his diploma from the Clark State Community College Peace Officer Training Academy during a graduation ceremony on Jan. 10.
“This young man has been involved in the hiring process for about a month, and this will be his first commission as a police officer,” said Wilcox.
The police chief said Long would begin his duties as an Enon police officer on March 1 and would be subject to a state-required, six-month probation period.
Chief Wilcox said Tuesday evening marked the finish of Officer Stratton’s month-long journey to become a village police officer as well. The Clark County resident is a 2003 graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and a 2012 graduate of the Clark State Community College Peace Officer Training Academy. Before joining the Enon Police Department, Stratton was employed as a police officer with the Mechanicsburg Police Department until July 2016.
Wilcox said Stratton would also begin his duties as a village police officer on March 1 and would be subject to a state-required, six-month probation period as well.
“Officer Stratton comes to us with four years of experience, and I am sure he will serve the citizens of this village very well,” Wilcox said. “I am pleased to have both recruits on board.”
According to the chief, the police officers will be filling positions recently left vacant with the resignations of two village officers who took positions elsewhere. Their hiring now brings the department’s workforce to six part-time and two full-time police officers, including the police chief.
Following the ceremony, village council members greeted and welcomed the two officers to Enon.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.