By Kristin Bednarski
Amelia council members gave Amelia Police Chief David Friend the OK to advertise for a new police officer during their Nov. 13 meeting.
“Council has voted to go ahead and put out an advertisement for a new full-time officer,” Mayor Todd Hart said.
Hart said they will also be hiring two part-time officers to replacing two part-time officers who are leaving the department.
Chief Friend requested a new full-time police officer during the Oct. 23 council meeting.
Friend explained that the full-time officers have been working overtime because of the call volume and workload in the village. He said several of the part-time officers have also been working more than their required hours.
“If you would ever entertain a motion to hire a full-time officer, now would be the time,” Friend said during the Oct. 23 meeting.
Friend was concerned about timing because of the training involved with hiring part-time officers as well as the interview process and testing involved with hiring a new full-time officer.
Friend said two of the current part-time officers are interested in the full-time position and he would want to give them time to study and prepare for the test and interviews. He said he would give them each a fair shot at the position.
Council members did not make a decision about hiring a full-time officer during the Oct. 23 meeting, but decided to allow the finance committee to go over numbers and come up with a recommendation.
Hart said at their Nov. 13 meeting, council decided that hiring another full-time officer was in the budget and was important for the police department and residents.
“It’s important to us to fill their needs and the residents’ needs,” Hart said about the decision.