Groveport Police get new contract; also, new sergeants named

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The city of Groveport and the Fraternal Order of Police reached an agreement on a new three-year contract for the Groveport Police Department.

The collective bargaining agreement is effective July 1, 2021 and pertains to the patrol officers and detectives in the police department.

“The officers are very excited,” said Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams. “We’ll be better able to retain and recruit officers.”

According to Groveport City Administrator B.J. King, the city’s police department currently is in the lower middle half when it comes to salaries when compared to other police departments in Franklin County.

“We’re making up ground to be more competitive,” said King.

According to King, the new contract includes a $2,000 increase in the base rate to every step of the police department’s wage scale.

King said officers previously were paid for prep time, but that was eliminated with the inclusion of a four percent increase each year for three years in the wage scale on top of the $2,000 increase foundation.

New police sergeants
The Groveport Police Department announced three officers were promoted to sergeant: Josh Guiler, Sam Yockey, and John Westhoven.

Guiler has been with the department since 2003.

“Not only has he been on patrol in the city, but he also served as a school resource officer for over two years at the Groveport Madison High School,” said Adams. “Sgt. Guiler is a true ambassador for our agency when dealing with the public and businesses.”

Previously Guiler served as a policeman with the Ashville Police Department from 1998-2001, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Department from 2001-02, and as a Madison Township police officer from 2002-03.

Westhoven joined the department in December 2019. He was a patrolman with the Lancaster Police from 2001-19.

“Sgt. Westhoven is highly respected by his peers and I have personally worked with him on evening shift. His knowledge and demeanor make him an excellent choice to lead the men and women of the department,” said Adams.

Yockey has been a Groveport Police officer since 2014. He previously worked as an auxiliary/part-time police officer with the Valleyview Police from 2011-14.

“Sgt. Yockey is one who believes in equipping our officers with knowledge through training experiences,” said Adams. “The training of officers is where he wants to evaluate and possibly expand training opportunities for our agency, and then applying that training out in the field when patrolling and interacting with the public.”

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