Council allows police, fire departments to add new recruits

Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Chreene (left) and Justin Richardson.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police and Minden Fire departments have new hires following a special session of the city council Thursday morning.

Heather Feeback and Justin Richardson were approved unanimously, with only District D Councilman Michael Roy absent.

“Heather approached me a while back and said she wanted to be a Minden Police Officer,” Chief Steve Cropper said. “She is not P.O.S.T. certified, but she has a lot of first-responder experience because she volunteers as a fireman.”

Feeback told the chief she had wanted to be a police officer since she was a child.

“She currently carries a Civil Service test score of 96 percent,” he added. “I believe she would make an excellent addition to the police department.”

On behalf of Fire Chief Kip Mourad, Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Chreene recommended hiring Richardson, who has been in the department one year as a volunteer.

“He has passed all the Civil Service exams and all the physical ability challenges,” Chreene said.

District A Councilman Wayne Edwards said he knows Richardson.

“I think he will do you one outstanding job,” Edwards said.

Voting tabulations show Heather Feeback was voted in unanimously by the city council as a new police officer, with only Michael Roy absent.

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