GOLF MANOR POLICE DEPARTMENT HISTORY
On July 12, 1948, Joseph Magnarini was appointed as the Police Chief of the Village of Golf Manor. In prior years, the Village was protected by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol. Chief Magnarini was paid the annual sum of $200 for the position.
In 1949, Joseph Brechelt was appointed Police Chief/Street Commissioner. Chief Brechelt was an eight-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. He would serve the longest tenure as Golf Manor Police Chief - 13 years. Also, in 1949, the Village purchased their first police cruiser -- a 1949 Ford.
In February of 1952, Harley Ent was hired as a part-time motorcycle officer. Golf Manor now employed 3 officers: Chief Brechelt, Officer Frank Machen, and Officer Harley Ent.
In June of 1953, Golf Manor established a full time Police Department. The department consisted of Chief Brechelt, Officer Bud Cravens, Officer Paul Lucas, Officer Dick Woeber, and Officer John Moore. Officers Cravens and Woeber were motorcycle officers who used their own motorcycles to patrol the Village. In addition to performing their policing duties, the officers employed by the department also doubled as firefighters and life squad members.
In August 1954, Officer Woeber was permanently disabled when a ladder he was on collapsed while he was fighting a house fire in the Village. He required over 30 appointments in surgery as a result of this injury.
Prior to 1953, the uniform of the department consisted of primarily gray or white shirts with black or blue trousers. In 1953, the color scheme was changed to light and dark brown uniforms. In the early 1960's, the department's uniforms again changed, this time to gray trousers with white shirts and white hats, and then finally to the current black and gray uniform with a variation of uniform hats, from a black cloth service to black vinyl to the campaign hat.
In 1962 William Schneyer became the third Police Chief of the Village of Golf Manor. In 1976 Melvin Weber became Chief and served until 1981 when Jack McDaniel assumed the position. In 1992 G. Patrick Olvey was hired by the Village and served until 1997, when Stephen Tilley, took on the role. Chief Tilley had served as a Village police officer and also held the Village Administrator position for several years and assumed the duties in addition to his Administration obligations.
A major change in the Police Department occurred in July 2000 when dispatching
was turned over to the Hamilton County Communications Center. The Dispatcher's
position was terminated and a Police Clerk position was then established.
After eighteen years with the Golf Manor Police, Lieutenant Eddie Taylor was promoted to Chief of Police in 2008 and is currently our police chief.
Many uniform items were updated and initiated due to the changes in the procedure in policing and with the introduction of new materials. This has assisted the officers in being better equipped to perform their duties while keeping a professional appearance and being functional at the same time.