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Police dept. names records secretary

Jessica Lewis fills position

January 26, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

An open position in the police department recently was filled.

Jessica Lewis, 26, of Canfield started her new role Jan. 9 as the Poland Township Police Department's records secretary.

Police Chief Brian Goodin said Lewis had all the right qualifications for the job. He said it wasn't an easy decision for township trustees since there were roughly 25 applications and of that number, 10 were interviewed.

"This person filling this job takes care of all of the paperwork," Goodin said. "This person takes care of the clerical tasks so our officers won't have to."

He said this will free up officers so they can be on the road more.

The job also has charge over preparing records and paperwork for court. Lewis said that is not a problem.

"I have the background to know what to look for, so it will actually be second nature to me," she said.

Lewis graduated Struthers High School with the class of 2009. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in human services and criminal justice. Her dream was to someday work in a police department, so when the position in Poland opened up, she quickly applied.

"I love doing the research and keeping up on the news and courts," she said.

Lewis said everyone at the police station has been so friendly and helpful in bringing her up to speed.

Having her career in place was the final item on her checklist before tying the knot later this year. She has a wedding planned for Oct. 28 and is engaged to marry young man she's been dating since she was 16.

"I wanted to graduate from college first," she said. "School and getting set in a career was something I wanted to establish first, then marriage and eventually children."



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