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The Rundown - July 9, 2019
The Rundown is a quick summary of the most recent meeting of the Board of Trustees for subscribers of West Chester's e-newsletter.  


The West Chester Board of Trustees hired five new police officers, approved a new employee agreement with West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog and approved a short-term lease for a temporary Fire Station 73 at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 9.

The five new officers help fill the existing complement of uniformed police officers serving the community. These positions became available when the Board of Trustees previously approved additional officers in partnership with the Lakota Public Schools and Butler Tech. The school districts fund five officers who are assigned as School Resource Officers during the school year.

The new hires will be assigned to uniform patrol once they complete appropriate certifications and an extensive training period. They will each earn an annual salary of $60,137.93 per the collective bargaining agreement.

West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog reports these new recruits came to the top in an extensive hiring process and have promising careers ahead of them as police officers in service to the community.

The new hires are:

  • Bradley Popplewell is currently enrolled in the Butler Tech Public Safety Education Center and is expected to graduate on July 11. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and interned with the West Chester Police Department from January through April 2018. Bradley currently resides in West Chester and has aspired to serve his community. He will start work July 10.

  • Hemi Astacio is a certified police officer through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He has previous experience as a Corrections Officer and is bilingual in Spanish. He will start work on July 10.

  • Zachary Luensman has three years combined experience in dispatch and nine years of service with the United States Marines. Zachary will be a second generation police officer following his father who is a Deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. He will be attending the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy scheduled to begin August 19, 2019 with a graduation date of January 2020.

  • Eric Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and business. Eric also took part in the Springfield Township Police Explorers program and served three years in the Air Force ROTC. He will be attending the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy scheduled to begin August 19, 2019 with a graduation date of January 2020.

  • Benjamin Fessel has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has worked for his fourth generation family fishing business in Fairfield, Ohio. Benjamin currently resides in West Chester and is looking forward to serving his community. He will be attending the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy scheduled to begin August 19, 2019 with a graduation date of January 2020.

The Board of Trustees also approved an employee agreement with Police Chief Joel Herzog. Chief Herzog retired in 2016 and was rehired by the Board of Trustees under a five-year employee agreement.

The Trustees approved a new employment agreement with no specific end date. Chief Herzog will continue to serve at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.



A Provident Drive building will soon become a temporary Fire Station 73, serving the community during construction of new permanent facilities on Duff Road.

The Board of Trustees voted to enter into a short-term lease with Regis Commercial Properties, Inc. for the lease of property at 4976 Provident Drive. The 12-month lease will cost $51,900, with the options for 18 months total ($77,850). The cost is considered part of the overall construction budget for the new fire station.

The property being leased is just .6 miles from the existing Fire Station 73 and therefore no impact to response times is anticipated.

The space checked all of the other boxes for requirements including available square footage with direct access to a major street with drive-in bays and space for maneuverability of apparatus. In addition, some existing tenant build-out to accommodate the operations and station living requirements with minimal alterations needed.

The selected property will require only installation of a shower, water heater and electric hook-up for a stove and dryer.

The demolition and construction of a new Fire Station 73 is anticipated for early 2020.



  • Board of Trustees approved a continued agreement with Reuben Schwartz to continue as the manager of the West Chester Farmers Market on Township property. Mr. Schwartz is not a Township employee, but has been an exceptional partner in the operation of the Farmers Market.

  • An expenditure of nearly $24,000 was approved for replacement of storm pipes at Hickory Hill Lane and Burning Bush Court. JNT Excavating, LLC will do the work.

  • The Township will pay nearly $30,000 to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for annual radio maintenance.


Find a link to the official meeting minutes online at or watch a video broadcast the meeting in its entirety below.