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The Rundown - June 9, 2020
The Rundown is a quick summary of the most recent meeting of the Board of Trustees for subscribers of West Chester's e-newsletter. 


In the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 9, Trustees hired three new police officers. Fiscal Officer Bruce Jones administered the oath, swearing in the new additions to the force.

Henry Arlington Dawkins Jr., a certified police officer, has worked in law enforcement for the past 16 years and brings transferable skills and proven leadership with him to West Chester. He served as a police officer in Kentucky and Louisiana. He attends Indiana Wesleyan University working toward a degree in Criminal Justice.  

Also hired was Kristina Igorevna Riabenko. Ms. Riabenko is a certified police officer with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Penn State. She is a native Russian speaker and is a graduate of the Great Oaks Police Academy.

Ryan Thomas Akins attended Berea College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was also an active athlete and achieved an All-American award his senior year. He will be attending the Butler Tech Police Academy scheduled to begin on July 6, 2020 with a completion date in November 2020.

All three officers, hired at a starting annual salary of $61,942.07, will have a one-year probationary period.


  • Trustees hired five seasonal employees to work in Township parks, landscape districts, cemetery and on road crews. Nickolas Wasan, Austin Eldridge, Jacob McGhee, Benjamin Early, and Kirby Anderson will be out this summer helping to make the community look great.
  • Trustees approved application for a grant to purchase new bulletproof vests for the West Chester Police Department. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office administers the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program with funding provided by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as part of its Safety Intervention Grant Program. The program requires a 25% local match of funds.
  • The Board approved a $16,838.52 requisition to Nuspire Corporation for firewall protection and spam filtering for Township computers.
  • A $20,000 expense was approved for emergency repair of a Dimmick Road culvert damaged in recent floods. Payment goes to W.G. Stang, LLC.

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