GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Commission formally announced Tuesday that one-time Gallipolis Police Chief Clint Patterson has retired and Jeff Boyer has been asked to replace him as the interim police chief.
City Manager Gene Greene thanked Patterson for his service to the city and recommended the commission name Boyer as his replacement for the time being. Commissioners unanimously agreed to name Boyer to the position.
Boyer served as a captain with GPD before being announced as the new interim chief.
Greene said Patterson officially retired Oct. 31 after 27 years of service with the city.
“I do want to take a second,” said Gallipolis City Commission President Steven Wallis. “We do appreciate Chief Patterson’s service to the community. He’s been in this job for a long period of time in the police service. We wish him well in his retirement and in everything he does going forward.”
With the retirement of the chief, that left GPD short another officer. Greene asked the commission to appoint a part-time officer to a full-time position to help fill the police station’s ranks. Jason Lyons was a reserve officer before becoming a part-time officer with GPD. Commission vice-president Tony Gallagher asked Boyer’s opinion on the matter as newly serving chief.
Boyer said Lyons had roughly 15 years of prior police service experience. He said the officer had a little bit of learning to do about the city and would be partnered temporarily with Lt. Matt Champlin to better learn the geography of Gallipolis. The interim chief said he believes Lyons would serve the department well. The commission unanimously agreed to move Lyons to a full-time position.
Patterson began his service with GPD full-time on May 22, 1988. According to Patterson in a prior interview, he started with Gallipolis as a reserve officer in 1986. After being hired full-time, five years later he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. In August 2006, he was named chief.
Patterson said he also had experience with the Gallipolis Fire Department and Gallia County EMS. He estimated his service with first responders to total around 10 years.
“I’m just going to run the police department as an interim chief until they make a full-time one,” Boyer said. “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.”
According to Boyer, 44, he has served with GPD for 23 years. He started as a part-time dispatcher in 1992. He then served as a part-time parking enforcement officer. He was hired as a full-time road officer in 1995. He served as a school resource officer for a time and was named a detective in 2004. In 2006, he was named captain.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.