For the first time since its inception, the Hilltop School Resource Officer (SRO) will be someone other than Michael Polley.
SRO Polley served his last day on Friday, February 27. The first to hold the job, which was created in just two years prior, Polley has decided to pursue a position within the Williams County Juvenile Probation Department.
“I’m trying to move up the career ladder, so to speak.” Officer Polley stated.
Still, it is with a heavy heart that Polley, who was promoted from part-time within the West Unity Police Department to accept the salaried role, will be leaving the school. He wasn’t shy about what he will miss the most.
And anyone who’s seen Polley interact with the students of Hilltop, a school from which he himself graduated, can see that this is the truth. The kids love and respect Officer Polley, and he loves and respects them right back.
Not that his influence was limited to the students.
“He’s impacted our students and staff.” School Superintendent Larry Long claimed.
While he’ll certainly be missed by all, Polley’s bright personality makes it impossible for people to do anything but root for him in his future endeavors.
“It’s kind of mixed feelings.” Long admitted. “We’re sad to lose him, but happy to see him advance in his career.”
Long also has no doubt that the Juvenile Probation Department made the right hire by taking on Polley.
“He’ll do a great job, and we wish him and his family the very best.” Said Long. “He’ll have a chance to show the whole county his greatness.”
That greatness was without a doubt on display each and everyday on the job at Hilltop according to Long.
“He did an excellent job of setting the precedent for the position.” Long praised. “We couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
But it was more than just his work performance that made an impression on those around Polley. It was the man himself.
“Bottom line, he’s a fantastic individual all around.” Summarized Long.
The second SRO in Hilltop history will have some large shoes to fill.
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