GALION — The Galion Cemetery Association, which operates Fairview Cemetery on North Market Street, recently announced a reorganization plan in an effort to provide better service.
New officers were elected and some new board members joined the organization. Larry Kocher is the new president of the board of trustees that oversees the operation of the the cemetery.
Fairview Cemetery is managed and maintained by a non-profit organization, the Galion Cemetery Association, and is governed by a board of trustees composed of local residents and business members in the community
At a Monday meeting of the board, a news release was issued.
“Longtime cemetery manager and employee Shane Shipley was terminated, with cause, by the cemetery board, and is no longer affiliated with Fairview Cemetery in any way,” the release stated.
Board members would provide no more information on the termination nor would they discuss the reasons for the recent changes in the association, except to say changes were made in an effort to better serve the community.
The Inquirer was unable to find a contact number for Shipley, and the only address for him was the address of the Fairview Cemetery office.
“Fairview Cemetery remains fully operational during these necessary changes to better serve the public,” the release stated. “Officers and members of the board are inspired and determined to implement methods and procedures that will further enhance and ensure maximum efficiency and organization in the operations and maintenance of the cemetery, but also to develop closer ties with the community it services.”
“Protecting the honor and integrity that belongs to Fairview Cemetery shall remain the No. 1 priority of the Galion Cemetery Association and its board members, not only today, but for many years into the future.”