Yellow Springs selects new police chief

Village manager Laura A. Curliss has selected Central State University police chief Tony Pettiford to lead Yellow Spring’s 10-member police department.

If approved by village council Monday Pettiford, a current village resident, will be paid $78,000. His first day will be Nov. 19.

“It was clear that he has the best interests of the Village in his heart. He understands the importance of a ‘community-oriented’ approach to policing, the importance of building relationships with community members, businesses and institutions,” Curliss said in a press release. Pettiford has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 27 years with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

He worked for the Ohio Department of Public Safety Homeland Security between 2009 and before taking the position with Central State in 2010.

Pettiford was raised in Yellow Springs and counted long-time Yellow Springs Police Chief Jim McKee as a model.

He said he looks forward to serving his hometown.

Pursuing the job “was an opportunity to give back to a community that has done so much for me,” he said.

He said the village had a family atmosphere when he was a child.

It is an unique village,” he said. “Those values are still in town.”

Former Beavercreek Police Chief Arthur M. Scott, and Dayton Metro Library Security Manager John Milstead had been finalists for the chief position.

Scott became Yellow Springs’ interim police chief earlier this year. He replaced retired chief John Grote.