The Ripley Police Department recently added two new officers effective Nov. 1.

At the Ripley city council meeting on Tuesday evening, Aaron Cullen and Logan Skurupey were sworn in before the council and several of their family and friends as well as Chief of Police Brad Anderson. The two new officers will be joining the Ripley Police Department effective Nov. 1. 

Anderson recently recommended each of the gentlemen be hired with a starting salary of $11.50 per hour to be increased to $13 per hour following the completion of a six-month probationary period. Mayor Carolyn Rader along with the rest of the city council approved Anderson’s recommendation.

Cullen is a 2015 graduate of Ravenswood High School. His father, Eric Cullen, is also a police officer with the Ripley police department. 

Skurupey is a 2010 graduate of Lago Vista High School in Lago Vista, Texas. He is a 1371 Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and has been in the Marine Corps since 2017.

In other business:

• Recorder David Casto read the minutes from the last meeting. Council approved the minutes as read.

• Council was presented with and approved the city financial statements.

• Chief of Police Brad Anderson reported that the police department took part in several different activities in the community for Red Ribbon week.

• Matt Anderson reported that the fencing around the new tennis courts in the city park have begun going up. He also told the council the last part of concrete has been poured for the splash pad.

• Doug Skeen said the security camera equipment has arrived and the broadband has been put in place. Installation of the cameras will begin on Nov. 13.

• Mayor Rader read a thank you note received from the Jackson County Public Library, Ripley, thanking the council for the new sidewalk outside the library. 

• Rader reported that Governor Jim Justice stopped by Ripley on his way to Charleston and gave a State of the State address. She noted approximately 50 people were in attendance.

• Tim Haynes, city of Ripley garbage department supervisor, recommended Jamie Burton for the replacement of Ray Curry who will be retiring effective Nov. 30. Council accepted and approved his recommendation and Burton will receive a starting pay of $11 per hour effective Dec. 1.

• Rader mentioned there will be a bonfire at Ripley Middle School on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. to celebrate the upcoming Hatchet football game on Friday night between Ravenswood and Ripley.

• Rader made special note of the “Gavel” exchange. As with the Hatchet exchange between the winner of the Ravenswood versus Ripley football game, Mayor Rader and Mayor Miller have the “Gavel” for whom ever’s city team loses, the losing mayor will receive the “Gavel”.

• Rader then discussed the different options for the Viking playoff games. She said Ripley may get a first home game advantage. 

• Rader went over the list of upcoming events including Titleholders for the Troops taking place from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Nov. 10, the grand opening of Simply Blessed also on Nov. 10, the Veteran’s Day parade at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 which will include bands from both Ravenswood and Ripley High Schools, and the Veteran’s Day program on the courthouse lawn featuring guest speaker, Patrick Simon, news anchor with channel 13 WOWK news. 

• Rader also noted there will be a veterans breakfast at the I-77 showroom prior to the Veteran’s Day parade.

• Sgt. Eric Cullen mentioned the Shop with a Cop spaghetti dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department. All funds raised will benefit the local Shop with a Cop program.