GAMBIER — Knox County Sheriff’s deputy Aaron Phillips was honored Monday night by the Gambier Village Council for his efforts in bringing Matthew Hoffman to justice during the early part of the investigation.
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Gambier Mayor Kirk Emmert read the resolution to council which was unanimously passed. The resolution read:
“Be it resolved that the mayor and village council of Gambier hereby commend the investigative conduct of the village’s Knox County Deputy Sheriff Aaron Phillips who contributed significantly to the arrest of a murder suspect and the rescue of the suspect’s kidnap victim. On behalf of our fellow citizens of Gambier we thank Deputy Sheriff Phillips for his alert police work. It demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and concern for the people he is sworn to protect.”
Knox County Sheriff David Barber and members of Phillips’ family, including his father Denny Phillips who is also a Sheriff’s deputy working for the village, were on hand to see Emmert and Council President Tom Stamp present the proclamation to Phillips, who was assigned to the village in 2010.
Water losses, parks, sidewalks and villages finances were just a few of the issues that faced Gambier in 2010. In his mayor’s report presented at Monday’s village council meeting, Emmert covered the issues addressed by council in 2010 and those he felt would be important to the village in 2011.