October 9, 2023

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan revealed he will certainly retire efficient April 1.

While providing his record to Bellaire Village Council at Thursday’s conference, Flanagan notified participants that the conference would certainly be his last.

“I am retiring the very first of the month,” he claimed. “It’s been an opportunity functioning below, had a good time, obtained a great deal of things completed, reached do a great deal of points so my time has actually reoccured.”

Flanagan after that advised that council name Lt. J.J. Watson as his substitute.

“Lt. Watson is exceptionally smart. He recognizes that computer system throughout. He has actually additionally educated 2 various other cops divisions on that particular system. He’s really sharp, he’s a specialist law enforcement officer, he’s really experienced, plus he has the experience. When I’m not below, he’s in charge. He does the pay-roll, he does the organizing, he does the screening for CPTs. He’s been doing every little thing I was meant to do in my lack – making telephone call, responding to e-mails as well as all of that things. He’ll be an extraordinary cops principal, he’ll be excellent,” he claimed.

Council participants praised Flanagan on his retired life as well as thanked him for his solution.

“You’ll be missed out on,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Dugmore claimed.

Questions after that emerged concerning the setting of code enforcement policeman, which Flanagan additionally holds.

Watson, that existed at the conference, claimed he thinks a statute mentions that the cops principal additionally holds that title as well as accepted handle the duty.

Mayor Ed Marling claimed he would certainly promise in Watson at a later time; nevertheless, Solicitor T.J. Schultz claimed “there’s a little bit even more to it than that.”

“There’s a visit by the mayor after that a verification from council, after that the mayor promises in,” he included.

“I can do that at anytime yinz intend to do that,” Marling claimed.

A board conference will certainly be held to go over the issue better, after that a visit will certainly be made throughout council’s following conference established for 6 p.m. April 6.


Flanagan has actually benefited the town cops division for 27 1/2 years, serving as the principal given that 2017 prior to being designated to the setting in March 2018.

Following the conference, Flanagan claimed he placed his time in as well as it’s currently a great time to leave.

“I left on my very own terms when I prepared to go. My health and wellness is still great. Me as well as the better half are still young, as well as we can invest a whole lot even more time with our grandkids as well as we can do some taking a trip as well as angling,” he claimed.

“I’ve had a really effective job. I began the Belmont County Drug Task Force. I was mandated with the DEA, I was mandated with the ATF out of Pittsburgh, I’ve been with the South Eastern Narcotics Task Force. I’ve been mandated with the U.S. Marshals Mountain Fugitive Task Force.

“It’s been a satisfaction dealing with the Belmont County Land Reutilization, additionally called the Belmont County land financial institution. They’ve been a blessing to Bellaire. I’ve reached aid some wonderful individuals, as well as I’ve reached place a great deal of poor individuals behind bars back then.”

As much as the future goes, Flanagan claimed he has a number of work possibilities that are “absolutely not in police as well as absolutely not dealing with the general public.”

In various other issues, Marling claimed he wished to consider having the rate restriction decreased on Union Street from 26th Street southern. He claimed he wants to have it decreased from 25 miles per hour to 10 miles per hour. He claimed there’s a great deal of speeding up around the turn where 4 little kids live in 3 different homes.

“They’re reducing that edge, they’re rising over the aesthetic as well as right into the backyard down there around that turn. We can establish them right there,” he claimed.

Flanagan claimed if the town has the indicators, authorities can mount them along the highway.

Also, council accepted a demand from Shania Thorton to use the park on June 30 for her team, Send Me Inc.

Council additionally accepted the Bellaire Planning Committee’s use the park to hold its yearly Easter egg search from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1.

Flanagan additionally advised citizens of the JB Green Team’s clean-up in the town, which is established for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 at the Bellaire Village Garage, 417 E. 37th St.

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