|Chief Burris Sworn in at Council Meeting|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00|
Eric Burris was sworn in as Tipp City’s new police chief before members of his staff and city officials during City Council’s meeting Sept. 6.
Mayor Dee Gillis swore in Burris as Jan Davidson, wife of former Chief Tom Davidson, held the Bible. Burris’ wife, Tanya, and daughter, Kristina, stood nearby, as did City Manager Jon Crusey.
Crusey announced Aug. 20 the selection of Burris from 25 applicants for the job. A Tipp City area native, Burris joined the department in 1995 and became a sergeant in 2001.
Following the swearing in, Burris made brief comments before shaking hands with staff members attending the ceremony and council members.
“I do want to say how honored I am to be appointed as police chief. I am very thankful to Mr. Crusey for the opportunity to do so,” Burris said.
“I am going to do my best to continue in the line of Tom Davidson, making us a more professional police department, but still trying to maintain that small town feel we have here,” he said.
Chief Davidson died in late April following a battle with cancer. He had been chief for 22 years, coming to the city from Bowling Green, Ohio. Burris thanked Jan Davidson for participating in his swearing in ceremony.
Burris said he also has been “overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten in the community in the last couple of weeks.”
Each council member congratulated Burris during the council comments portion of the meeting.
“I want to wish Chief Burris luck in his new position, and congratulate him,” said Councilman Bryan Budding.
“Congratulations Chief Burris. I know you will do a fine job for Tipp City,” Councilman Mike McDermott said.
Gillis said she was “so happy” with the selection of Burris.
Council President John Kessler congratulated Burris, saying he had a task for the new chief: taking care of a wayward model airplane that landed in Kessler’s backyard recently.