Police chief says he takes home the lowest pay in the department


New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil plans to go before city council asking for a raise.

He says other officers get overtime pay, but he doesn’t.

And he says he works a tremendous amount of overtime.

Chief Cecil also says drugs are rampant and every arrest is potentially dangerous.

He says suddenly everyone is carrying a concealed weapon, now that West Virginia state law no longer requires people to get a concealed carry permit.

The job has changed a lot in the past 15 years.

But one thing that has remained the same is the fact that the chief makes less than his officers.

“I’m out all hours of the night,” noted Cecil. “I’m a 24/7 chief. I don’t just do an eight-hour shift. I come out if the guys have a call on afternoons or on midnights. I’m always out backing them up. And we’ve got to be careful when we touch heroin stamps that it’s not fentanyl, that could seep into our skin and make us overdose.”

Chief Cecil says he makes $45,000 a year, which is significantly lower than other department heads in the city.

He says the head of the electric department makes $76,000 and the head of the water department makes $61,000.

He’s asking for $65,000.

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