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Committee Approves Search For Potential Part-Time Officer

Issue Date: May 31, 2017

With vacations coming up and one police officer off the job because of injury, Peshtigo Police Chief Joseph FitzGerald may be turning to extra part-time help to cover the department's shifts.

"I'm hoping to do with what I have" and I'll have to see how that goes, but if not, I may have to look at a temporary part-time person," FitzGerald said.

The City of Peshtigo handbook gives FitzGerald the license to recruit and advertise for new officers as he wishes, and he said his staff has already been talking to potential interested parties about filling the void.

For the time being, FitzGerald reiterated that he is focused on filling the shifts with what he currently has in his department. He plans to move another officer around to cover for the space left by the officer out on injury.

"I'm going to use what I have within the department to try and cover everything," FitzGerald said. "We just kind of wanted it on there so that if I had to, instead of having to come back, I could" I don't even know if I'm going to hire. I may just go with what I've got" I may just fill it with what I have."

The City Personnel Committee also voted to allow FitzGerald to look into and apply for a COPS grant for the city to add an extra officer to the force.

With the COPS grant, FitzGerald explained, the grant provides 75 percent of the costs of an officer for three years, with the stipulation that the officer is worked into the budget after the three-year period.

The city's cost would be around $25,000, with salary and benefits added together, FitzGerald said.

The committee did not give FitzGerald permission to accept the grant and hire a new officer if the grant was given to the city, however. The grant would be reviewed and a decision would have to be made at a later date.

The committee accepted a letter from City of Peshtigo Police/Parks Secretary Rita Gulbertson announcing her plans to retire July 14.

Her retirement left the committee with a decision to make following a closed session. The recommendation of the committee to City Council was to split the duties of the police/parks secretary and city office assistant between the parks treasurer, police chief and parks and recreation director.

The committee recommended to council the creation of two summer help positions for the Department of Public Works. One worker would be in for 40 hours a week, while the other would work 20-29 hours per week.


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