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Seneca board thanks ‘hometown hero’ Meglan

New police chief search almost complete

Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan addresses the village board for his last time before he retires. Meglan has served as the village's police chief for three decades.
Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan addresses the village board for his last time before he retires. Meglan has served as the village's police chief for three decades.

Ray Meglan is retiring as Seneca’s police chief after three decades of service.

He addressed the village council for the final time this week.

“I want to thank all of your for the support you have given me over the years,” Meglan said. “I have been with the police for 37 years, seven of those years as a police officer. I’ve worked with eight mayors and nine public health and safety commissioners. And I’m here to tell you that I could not have done all of my programs with your support.”

Public Health and Safety Commissioner Rich Applebee thanked Meglan for everything he has done for the community over the years.

“Chief Meglan is a hometown hero, something that is rare in this day and age,” Applebee said. “Ray has an unselfish, positive attitude that has never wavered over 37 years. He was first hired as a part-time officer (in 1981), then as a dispatcher before becoming police chief. I don’t think any other community has had one police chief for 30 years, and we have been very privileged to have had him as our chief.”

Members of the board commended Meglan for his years of service.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work with you. We really appreciate you and the years of service you have given this community,” said Public Property Commissioner Randy Timmons.

Mayor David Spicer thanked Meglan for all the time he has served the community.

“You have given everyone in this community so much over the years,” Spicer said. “We really can’t say thank you enough. And of course, we all wish you a very happy retirement. You deserve it.”

A retirement reception for Meglan will be 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Seneca High School.

Applebee said anyone is invited to attend the reception to express their thanks and wish him a happy retirement.

“I just want to say that I am most impressed by your love of family, community and the police department,” Applebee continued. “You are the most caring man I have ever met, and I’m just very sad to know that I’m not going to be working with you anymore.”

Hunt for new police chief almost over

Applebee said the village originally received 30 applications from job candidates seeking to fill Meglan’s position.

“We’ve narrowed it down to four applicants,” Applebee said. “We’ll be holding interviews with the four candidates this Saturday. Hopefully, we’ll be able to announce who our new police chief will be.”

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