NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio -- He's the new man on the job and hopes to shine up the tarnished image of his police department.
Alan Baer has just been named the new police chief in North Baltimore.
News 11's Dick Berry of the Wood County Levis Commons Bureau reports the village is already noticing the changes.
Chief Baer says, "My first ten years were with the Cincinnati police and almost ten with Bowling Green."
Now Baer is the top cop in North Baltimore. He replaces the controversial Gerald Perry, who resigned in disgrace in December. A private investigator turned up dirt on Perry including $2400 in missing cash, swinging at a prisoner and keeping a handgun seized in a criminal case.
Chief Baer hopes to return respect to his position and the department. "We're currently revamping the policy and procedure manual. So I'm taking a little bit of the old and a lot of some new."
But Chief Baer is also doing something nobody can remember his predecessor doing: pressing the flesh with folks. He tells News 11, "Kind of the old school of letting everybody know your name. Everyone knowing they can trust you. I try to lead by example. Out there taking calls for service. Out there making arrests."
Folks in North Baltimore appreciate having someone out there on the beat listening to them.
Mary Burks is a Baer supporter. "He's nice," she says, "He's friendly to everyone. Never seen him be mean at all."
Sandy Bordman agrees, "I think he's going to clean the town up. He's fair. He's out to do his job. He's not power-hungry."
He's also someone who says his office door is always open to anyone with a problem in this small Wood County Community.
As for former Chief Gerald Perry, a special prosecutor is now considering whether to file criminal charges against him. Evidence will be based on that private investigation that turned up ten allegations of job misconduct.