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Nitro council OKs new police chief

By Aran Jenkins

NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro City Council members approved Mayor Dave Casebolt's appointment of Brian Oxley to the position of police chief at a regular meeting Tuesday evening. Oxley was serving as interim chief since the firing of former Chief Jack Jordan.

Oxley, who has served with the Nitro Police Department for 14 years, said he was "excited to move forward with the city."

"It's an honor to be appointed," Oxley said after the meeting.

Also, council members approved expenditures of $31,350 from the city's hotel/motel tax to be used for renovations on various projects from City Park to Ridenour Lake. Councilman Craig Matthews presented the recommendations of the city parks and recreations committee.

Matthews reiterated that the money from the hotel and motel tax being used for these renovations could only be used for projects renovating and improving the city's public recreation facilities.  

Also, Nitro Treasurer John Young presented findings from the city's audit exit interview report. 

"Nitro's finances are better than they have been in years," Young said.

Finally, council members approved a resolution for the establishment of boundaries and covenants from the land conservation fund. According to Matthews, the resolution simply states that Nitro will only use Ridenour Lake for recreational purposes and thus would continue to receive federal grant money for the maintenance of the property.


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