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Village narrows search for police chief

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The Village has narrowed the field of candidates for the new Village police chief to three, including current interim chief Arthur Scott, police veteran and local resident Anthony Pettiford and current police officer John Milstead.

A panel consisting of Village Manager Laura Curliss, two Village Council members and local resident Ellis Jacobs interviewed the candidates and welcome villagers to a public meet-and-greet event on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30–9 p.m. at the Bryan Center. The candidates will be available separately for about an hour each, and the public is invited to ask questions and engage in a dialogue. Citizens are also invited to submit comments and opinions to Curliss during the forum or by email at

Prior to his recent post as library security manager, Milstead managed security at the Ohio State University Libraries for a year, served as deputy sheriff for the Choctaw Lake Property Owners Association and was disaster coordinator for the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason.

Pettiford currently serves as chief of police for Central State University in Wilberforce. He has been in law enforcement for 29 years, including 27 years with the Greene County Sheriff’s department and two with the Ohio Department of Homeland Security. He grew up in Yellow Springs, where he currently resides with his wife Jodi, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Mills Lawn.

Scott came to Yellow Springs as a retired police chief who had spent a year in Afghanistan as an advisor to that country’s police force strategy and policy leader. Scott had been chief of Beavercreek police for seven years, and prior to that post had served as chief of Milford, Mason and Lebanon police departments.

More on the candidates will appear in this week’s News.



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