UPDATE: Coal Grove looking for a new police chief after entire department resigns

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UPDATE: 1/23/2022 @ 4:30 p.m.

COAL GROVE, OHIO (WOWK) – The village of Coal Grove is looking for a new police chief.
We told you earlier this month patrol officers resigned immediately at the village meeting and the chief planned to resign on Jan. 24. 

However, Councilman Andy Holmes confirms to 13 News Sunday that chief Randy Lewis made the decision to resign upon notice on Tuesday Jan. 18. 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department is handling emergencies in the village, and Holmes also confirms the Ironton Police Department is helping too until the force is back up and running. 

Coal Grove Village Council will meet on Thursday to get an update from the mayor on his search for a new police chief. 

Once that position is filled Holmes anticipates the mayor and chief will work to fil the ranks of the department. 

ORIGINAL: The chief of the Coal Grove Police Department and the department’s three officers have resigned, according to Coal Grove Village Councilman Andy Holmes.

The chief resigned at the Coal Grove Village Council meeting on Thursday night.

The three officers’ resignations are effective immediately, and the chief’s last day will be January 24.

The patrolmen didn’t give reasons for their resignations.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless tells 13 News that his office will respond to calls from the village of Coal Grove, but those calls will have to be prioritized. He says emergency calls will be handled as quickly as possible, but minor calls may have a “big delay” in officer response time since the Sheriff’s Office will have to cover a vast amount of area.

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