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|City Council Tables Hiring of Fifth Full-Time Police Officer in Abingdon
|A vacancy within the Abingdon Police Department that's been unfilled for several weeks will remain that way a little while longer.
Aldermen last year approved a fifth full-time officer for the department. Chief Fred Andrews told the city council Monday night a full-time officer resigned two or three months ago to take a job with the Galesburg police department, and he waited to fill the position until the new city council was seated after the election in April.
Police Committee Chairman Diane Johnson was prepared bring the name of a part-time officer who's been recommended by her committee for the job to the full city council for approval. However, Johnson didn't get that far because the officer hadn't also been recommended by the personnel committee, prompting Mayor Roger Stegall urge the council to wait two weeks to allow the process to run its proper course.
Andrews says he really wants the full-time roster back at full strength, but the department's gotten along shorthanded this long and it'll make due.
"Well we'd like to get it done. We've been struggling along with this for the last two and a half, three months, and would like to get it done but if we can't, we can't."
The eventual promotion of the full-time officer will create a vacancy in the part-time ranks, which the city plans to advertise and fill according to its employment policy.
In other business, aldermen unanimously approved IRC of Jacksonville's low bid of $49,253 for oil and chip work in town. Engineer Kevan Cooper says the bid came in nearly 13 percent below the estimated cost of the project.
|06 02 09 by Newsroom
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