Long-time law enforcement officer Steve Goins is now officially the Chief of Police for the Village of New Boston, replacing Darrold Clark who recently retired. Wednesday at the stroke of noon, Goins was sworn in by New Boston Mayor William “Junior” Williams at the New Boston Community Building.
Steve Goins (left) is sworn in as New Boston Chief of Police by New Boston Mayor Junior Williams
“Over 20 years with the school board and Council, he has always been accessible and helpful – I know he has helped Darrold in the past – he has just been a true leader,” Williams said. “He has gotten us going with our body cameras in place. We just got certified by the State of Ohio. He was instrumental in all those things. He is technologically advanced.”
Clark was on hand for support and told the Daily Times retirement is working well for him.
“I feel good not getting up in the morning, but I miss everybody especially when I need something done. There’s nobody around but me,” Clark said.
Clark was complimentary of his former captain.
“He’s a fine man,” Clark said.”That sort of explains it. He’s one of the greatest. I’m proud of him.”
Goins, who has been in law enforcement for 34 years, over 30 with the New Boston Police Department, was reflective of the occasion.
“It’s a good day,” Goins said. “When you’re hired in law enforcement you always look as a career to eventually reaching the top spot which is the Chief of Police. It has been a long time coming. I’m very appreciative of the Council, the mayor, they have always been good to me. They have always been good to the police department. I’ve always had the support of the officers in the police department, people I work with in the community.”
Goins said it is likely someone on the force will be promoted to fill his position as captain.
“The mayor and I will talk about that,” Goins said. “So there will probably be some promotions from within.”
With the current drug problem in Scioto County, Goins said he will hit the ground running.
“It’s a countywide problem, not just here in New Boston,” Goins said. “We have always worked together with other departments. We still will, but it is something that we have to tackle as a law enforcement community.”
Those in attendance, including former chiefs Clark and Gary Stone, enjoyed cake and ice cream and took the time to shake Goins’ hand.
“I think the people of New Boston are very lucky to have him as a police chief,” Williams said.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.
Steve Goins is the new top gun in town, taking over as the New Boston Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Darrold Clark.
Goins has been with the New Boston Police Department for 30 years. He started in 1984 but left in the 90s to join the U.S. Marshals. After 15 months of travel, he decided he wanted to return to the Village where he has been since.
Goins says growing up in Louisville, Ky., he always wanted to be in law enforcement. In that mission, he attended Eastern Kentucky University, the best law enforcement school at the time. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in police administration.
“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a police officer,” Goins stated. “I’ve always looked up to police officers.”
His uncle was in law enforcement and was a major influence in his life.
In addition to his admiration for law enforcement, Goins says that his commitment to his community has always been a key factor.
“I love public service,” he stated.
Goins moved to New Boston in 1984 when he was hired by the department. At that time, officers were required to live in the Village. That later changed, but by then Goins and his wife had already bought a house and were in love with New Boston. Goins explained that his son went to New Boston schools, he coached t-ball in the Village and he appreciate the service and government.
“We’re a small community,” he stated. We have our own police and fire departments. Safety wise, I think we’re very protected.”
He added that the Council and Mayor are always supportive and work to make good decisions for the people.
Goins is also proud of how well such a small department has kept up with technology and training, explaining that things continually change. It is important to keep up with such changes in order to be a progressive law enforcement operation.
14 years ago, Goins moved into the position of captain, so he has already taken on leadership roles within the department.
“For me, not much is going to change,” he stated.
Goins says he will be a working chief and though he will have additional administrative duties, he plans to remain out in the community.
As chief, Goins has a dedication to training, explaining that the Ohio Police Officer Academy is continually changing continuing training requirements by requiring more hours each year.
“We have to stay up on that,” Goins declared. “It’s important for officers to get the training they need, what is required and additional.”
Goins stated that officers that are well trained are confident. They do not go into situations and hesitate and feel unsure of their abilities, which creates better service for the population.
He is excited to work with his fellow officers to accomplish new goals and train harder.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.
New Boston said good-bye to longtime Police Chief Darrold Clark who retired after 47 years of service.
The farm boy from Lewis Co., Ky., Clark he grew up looking up to large men wearing a badge. When he was a teenager, in order to make some money to help out, he got a job in Wheelersburg. He had a neighbor who worked at the steel mill and would drive Clark over. The young boy was working as a ring boy at the auction house, showing cattle, horses and other livestock. Afterwards, the boys would go over the bar for a bite to eat, where Clark was the hot dog eating champion. He remembers being about 15 or 16 and seeing quite an impressive figure for a kid that young.
“This huge man came tromping through there,” Clark said.
The man looked down at the boys and asked how they were. It was the police chief. As a kid, Clark felt a bit intimidated. This man would not be the only large chief in his life.
Years later, Clark got a job working at the old general hospital in Portsmouth, which eventually became Scioto Memorial. Former Police Chief Russ Imes’ wife was in the hospital at the time.
“I was taking care of her,” Clark remembered. “He was sitting by her bed, and I stepped on his foot accidentally. He was a big man. And, he said, ‘Oh, that’s alright son. No problem.’ His wife looked up at me and said, ‘You know, not everybody could step on the police chief’s foot and get by with it. That got me started thinking about police work.”
With the help of Imes and the mayor, who was Vern Riffe at the time, Clark joined the police force.
“I always enjoyed being a police officer,” he stated.
Imes became quite a mentor to Clark.
“Russ was a big man, but he was all heart. He just didn’t want anyone to know it,” Clark commented. “He taught me a lot. He told me that no matter how much training you have, you must always have common sense. I’ve tried to obey that order.”
Clark remembers many times that he has worked closely with the community.
“During the ‘97 flood, people I had arrested and put in jail, they were out there shoveling mud and helping out,” he explained.
Clark has lived in the community for close to 50 years. In that time, he and his wife have raised two daughters and a son. Though he has had some difficult and even dangerous times on the job, he says that those are few and do not change his love of the community that he has served.
“It’s as close to Mayberry as you can get, and I don’t see anything wrong with Mayberry,” the retiring chief stated. “I’ve been halfway around the world, met people from the other half and have never found anywhere better than New Boston.”
Now in retirement, Clark says he is excited to have time to spend doing little other than working on birdhouses, a favored hobby.
The also Army medical corps veteran concluded, “I spent six years in the military and 47 years as a law enforcement officer married to a hillbilly. That’s the extend of my life.”
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.
April 19, 2017
The Village of New Boston operates a sewage collections system comprised of sanitary sewers and combined sewers. Sanitary sewage is collected during dry weather and pumped to the City of Portsmouth for treatment and discharge. The Village of New Boston has just become aware of connections in our collections system that allow sanitary sewage to discharge to the Ohio River during dry weather. During completion of the Village’s Phase 5 dye testing project, sewer connectivity was checked in the western half of the Village. The Village has identified sanitary sewer laterals that connect to a sewer on Stanton Avenue, which in turn is connected to our West Avenue outfall sewer that discharges to the Ohio River. Sewage from approximately 29 buildings, including commercial, retail, and industrial properties and apartment buildings, is currently discharging tot he Ohio River without treatment.
The Village is providing this public notice to forward citizens of the likely contamination of a portion of the Ohio River along the Ohio bank downstream from West Avenue. The contamination is not likely to affect any downstream drinking water intakes, since the next water intake is located in Maysville, Kentucky, approximately 55 miles downstream. The drinking water intake for the Portsmouth water treatment plant is upstream of this sanitary sewerage discharge and is not affected. There are no known beaches that provide the opportunity for citizens to recreate in the contaminated water. Citizens are cautioned to avoid contact with the Ohio River for several miles downstream of the Village.
The Village is already working on a short-term and long-term solutions to this problem. The short-term solutions will take several weeks to implement. The long-term correction will be included in the Village’s Phase 6 CSO improvements project scheduled for construction in 2018.
The Village has communicated this situation to the Ohio EPA, federal EPA Region 5, and the Scioto County Health Department. Any questions from concerned citizens should be directed to Steve Hamilton, Village Administrator at (740) 456-4106.
Steve Hamilton, Village Administrator
New Boston Police Chief Darrold Clark believes when you retire – you retire.
“I take everything for granted,” Clark said. “When it says ‘retired’ it means retired. Don’t have to work and don’t have to take orders from anybody.”
His plans, when he left his office for the last time Tuesday, were not many.
“My wife’s got a lot of plans for me,” Clark said. “I’ll probably build some bird houses and fiddle around and raise a garden again. I don’t plan on doing a whole lot.”
New Boston Mayor Junior Williams (left) presents a proclamation from New Boston Village Counsel to retiring Police Chief Darrold Clark.
Clark has been with the New Boston Police Department for 47 years, the last 18 years as chief. He was hired by Vernal G. Riffe, Sr. and served under six mayors over the years.
The New Boston Village Council issued a proclamation for Clark’s retirement which read, in part, “Whereas these years of service have genuinely been dedicated to and valued by our entire village, and whereas Darrold will be missed both personally and professionally, and has always displayed the highest level of character, ethics and morals…”
What’s it going to feel like not coming in in the morning?
“I think I can get used to it,” Clark said. “I’ll miss it. It has been in my blood for years, but I’ll find some way to survive.”
Clark would leave and the end of the day Tuesday with no more work waiting for him on his desk.
“I’m going to the council meeting tonight and that’s the end of it,” Clark said. Not quite – Clark had one more duty to perform. His plans were to put the name of Captain Steve Goins into consideration to be his replacement.
“I can’t think of a better man for the job,” Clark said. “He has been great. He’s intelligent and he’s always there when somebody needs him. He’s always there. When he gets wind of any kind of a problem, he keeps going until he gets it solved. That’s what I like about him.”
Goins has been with the NBPD for 33 years, working with Clark the entire time.
“He has always been someone you could count on and he has helped me out tremendously through my years here,” Goins said. “We’ve been friends. His friendship to me means a lot. He’s been a good chief and a caring chief, and I hate to see him go. Not too many people last 47 in law enforcement.”
The actual process seemed to be more of a formality than an actual process.
“Tonight (Tuesday) we’ll accept the resignation which is procedural,” Village Councilman Mike Payton said. “After that, the mayor will make a recommendation that we hire Goins, and then council will vote on that tonight and it is decided by the majority, and he’s (Goins) the police chief.”
Clark has been married to Sharon Lee Clark for over 50 years and they have three adult children and around 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Daily Times attempted to reach Mayor Junior Williams for comment on Tuesday, but was unable to make contact with him.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.
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