Bellevue hires one, promotes one

Bellevue’s newest police officer is Nicholas McGaughey, pictured at left being sworn in by Mayor George Doscher while Police Chief Matt Sentner looks on. Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

One of two new Bellevue Police officers was sworn in Tuesday evening, while a current officer was officially promoted to the position of sergeant.

Nicholas McGaughey was the only new officer sworn in. According to Chief Matt Sentner, the other applicant offered a job with the borough is considering another position. He expects to bring another candidate to council in the coming weeks.

A native of Ford City, McGaughey is heading home after spending about four years as an officer with the 500-plus officer Durham, NC police department. He was assigned to a street level drug and gang unit, and received five commendations and was named officer of the month four times, according to Sentner.

He will start field training in Bellevue on Monday, Sentner said.

Hudson’s promotion to sergeant comes after nearly eight years with the Bellevue Police Department.

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