GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint former Gallipolis Police Department Capt. Jeff Boyer as the new police chief Tuesday evening at the city commission meeting.
City Manager Gene Greene recommended Boyer for the position after he had been named interim police chief in late October after former chief Clint Patterson retired from service.
“I want to talk about Jeff Boyer,” said Greene. “Jeff was hired with the city first as a communication officer dispatcher Nov. 1, 1991. July 31, 1992, he was hired as a reserve officer. He had to be 21. In this position he was a communication dispatch officer and a parking meter officer. (On) May 2, 1995, he was hired as a full-time patrolman. (In) August of 99, he was made the first school resource officer of Gallia Academy High School. (On) April 20, 2004, he was hired as an acting detective. The reason he was hired as an active detective was because two officers wanted it. It was decided that each officer would hold the position for six months and Jeff actually excelled in this position so well that the other guy actually dropped out.”
On Aug. 20, 2004, the city named Boyer a full-time investigator. In Feb. 24, 2005, he was the first officer named detective sergeant for GPD. In May 2006, Boyer was named Officer of the Year by the Gallia County Gun Club. On Jan. 20, 2011, Boyer was named a captain the police department. On March 15, 2015, Boyer filled as acting chief while Patterson attended a leadership training class for 11 weeks. On Nov. 1, city officials appointed Boyer as the interim police chief after Patterson’s retirement.
“With that being said, I’ve worked with Jeff for about a year,” Greene said. “I’d highly recommend Capt. Boyer for your next Gallipolis police chief.”
Gallipolis City Commission Vice-President Tony Gallagher moved on the motion and fellow commission member Mike Fulks seconded the motion. All commission members voted unanimously that Boyer should be named the new chief.
“I probably won’t make a whole lot of changes. I’ll make sure we continue with our day-to-day operations and make sure everyone’s training is up to date,” Boyer previously said to the Tribune when named interim chief.
Boyer thanked those who congratulated him as he left the city building. Boyer has previously recommended reserve officers to help fill vacancies left on the police staff from promotions and those who had moved to other career opportunities recently.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.