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City council looking at changing from two to four year terms

| February 14, 2017

COSHOCTON – Coshocton City Council is looking into having members serve four year terms instead of two and Council President Cliff Biggers had Councilman Brad Fuller report on the topic at their Feb. 13 meeting.

“It would save time and money for the city because we wouldn’t have to have as many elections and these are not hotly contested seats,” Fuller said. “The law director wrote an opinion page on the idea and it seems we have to put it before the public for approval.”

They also must decide if they want all the terms to expire at the same time or stagger them so there would not be a sweeping change in city leadership.

“If we go four years without staggering them we can still put this on the ballot for voters this year,” Fuller said.

Biggers commented that the idea was still in the discussion phase and they would talk more about the possible changes.

Sheriff Tim Rogers attended the meeting and shared with council that his office purchased body cameras and training for using them has started.

“We went with Motorola and what we consider to be the best of the best,” he said.

Every road officer will have a body camera and Rogers said they went with a lease agreement that allows them to be updated with the latest technology every three years.

The body cameras record in high definition and must be turned on by the officers.

“We have a pretty stiff policy,” Rogers said. “When deputies have any interaction they must be turned on or there will be consequences.”

He also noted that the sheriff’s office made quite an investment in the storage of data from these cameras.

“Ten years from now we will be able to retrieve a conversation we had with someone on Elm Street,” Rogers said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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