SIDNEY — Sidney’s newest police officer was sworn-in Monday night during the Sidney City Council meeting.
Sidney Police Chief Balling welcomed and introduced Nathan Wisniewski, the department’s newest officer.
“We are excited to swear-in Nathan as the newest Sidney Police Officer and we look forward to him and his family becoming part of the Sidney Police Department and the community,” Balling said.
Wisniewski was born in Michigan, Balling told council, but moved to Bellefontaine as a child. In 2012, Wisniewski enlisted in Navy and went to the Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. He left the Navy in 2018 to pursue a career in law enforcement, he said.
Balling said Wisniewski’s references “gave him very positive reviews” and said he was a “credit to his profession; a very positive person; highly intelligent; a doer, not a complainer; a team player; a motivator; always in a good mood; respectful; trustworthy; responsible; a good father and husband; and delightful to be around.”
Balling said that Chief Petty Officer John Shorb told the police department’s background investigator he tried to talk Nathan into staying in the Navy, and that Wisniewski was one of the smartest individuals he ever met.
Wisniewski will be attending the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy for his basic training, Balling said.
Wisniewski and his wife Megan, who met while both served in the Navy, have two sons, Logan and Mathew, together. Megan held the Bible used Monday evening while her husband took the Oath of Office.
In other business, Mayor Mike Barhorst presented two proclamations before council Monday night to declare Charitable Giving Month and General Aviation Appreciation Month.
The first proclamation was presented to Sidney-Shelby County Community Fund Executive Director Marian Spicer declaring December 2018 as Charitable Giving Month. Barhorst encouraged residents to share their time, talent and treasure with organizations that invest in making the community better.
Spicer expressed gratitude for the recognition of the many charitable contributions of those from Shelby County.
Barhorst also declared December 2018 to be General Aviation Appreciation Month. He noted that general aviation airports, such as Sidney City Airport, play a critical role as many Ohio communities depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce and tourism.
Barhorst encouraged Sidney residents to visit the Sidney City Airport and learn more about the important financial impact it has on local and regional business.
At the end of Monday’s meeting during staff’s comments, Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones provided council with information on the funeral arrangements for Sidney Fire Lt. Anthony “Tony” McLain, who passed away last Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The viewing will be at Sidney First United Methodist Church, Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be in the same location, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m. McLain will be laid to rest following the funeral service in Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson.
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