The Board of Trustees accepted the written resignation of the city’s police chief Monday night.


Roy “Lee” Aston’s resignation takes effect April 21, and the board wasted no time in hiring officer Billy Moiser as the new police chief.


Moiser will make $2,750 a month in his new position, which he will occupy beginning May 3. Moiser currently works as a WinStar Casino security officer.


Aston recently completed one year of service with the police department. Trustee Terrie Blackwell confirmed that Aston accepted a patrol sergeant position with the Healdton Police Department.


The Board of Trustees accepted the written resignation of the city’s police chief Monday night.

 

Roy “Lee” Aston’s resignation takes effect April 21, and the board wasted no time in hiring officer Billy Moiser as the new police chief.

 

Moiser will make $2,750 a month in his new position, which he will occupy beginning May 3. Moiser currently works as a WinStar Casino security officer.

 

Aston recently completed one year of service with the police department. Trustee Terrie Blackwell confirmed that Aston accepted a patrol sergeant position with the Healdton Police Department.

 

Blackwell said she and the rest of the board members have “complete confidence” in Moiser’s ability to serve as the city’s new permanent police chief.

 

“He’s worked with two previous police chiefs and has a good relationship with the sheriff’s department,” she said. “He knows everybody here.”

 

The trustee said Moiser has worked for the police department for approximately 15 years, in capacities ranging from reserve officer to assistant police chief.

 

Blackwell said the other board members briefly considered hiring the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement for the city, in an effort to save money.

Deputy Ron Weatherly confirmed the cost to cover the city at $96,000, which would include the cost of hiring two new people and provide them vehicles. The board decided against the idea.

 

“It would have cost about the same,” Blackwell said. “But if we went with the sheriff’s department, we wouldn’t be able to apply for grants.”

 

After Moiser was hired, the board appointed Henry Cummins Jr. as a reserve officer. Counting Moiser and Cummins, the city’s police force is now made up of one full-time police chief and two reserve officers.
Blackwell said plans are forthcoming to hire another officer.

 

“We decided last night after looking at our finances that we could afford to hire another full time officer,” she said.