The City of Newark has a new Police Chief.
Barry Connell, former Interim Chief for Newark was sworn in at Council Chambers of City Hall in front of family, friends and community members Monday evening. Connell is a Licking Valley High School Grad. In the past, Connell has worked as a canine handler and trainer, field training officer, training supervisor, property room supervisor and public information officer. Chief Connell described his feelings to us.
"Its been a long journey here in Newark. I feel very honored to have been given the position. I hope to do good things." said Connell "Like I’ve always said I plan to be here five more years and I’ve got a lot to get done in that time frame. I’ve got awesome people to work with so I don’t think it will be hard to accomplish."
Connell said he hopes they improve upon every aspect of what they do, specifically efficiencies. Connell said procedural justice inside and outside of the department is very important to him. Connell shared why he enjoys working for the police force
"I gotta tell you, in today’s age, it is a little more difficult with what we see across the country. Its always been an exciting career. I’ve enjoyed it. I was in the coast guard for four years prior to becoming an officer."
Connell has been working in the police force for 25 years. Jeff Hall, Mayor of Newark stated in a press release, "I look forward to working with him as we continue to move the City of Newark Forward."