By Tina Montgomery
The Board of Aldermen for the Village of Dixie Inn hired a new City Clerk and agreed to move forward in hiring a new police officer during their regular meeting held Tuesday, October 11.
Mayor Donna Hoffoss said Alicia Ware was hired for the position of City Clerk and she is already working in the office at Village Hall. Ware replaces Dana James whose resignation was accepted October 7.
The Board is moving forward to hire a new police officer for the Village. Hoffoss said they discussed whether or not they want to hire potential candidates who had been through the academy. “We are leaning to hire someone not from the academy so we can train them how we want [to perform the job]. Unless someone exemplary shows up, we will go that way,” Hoffoss said. She said the Board is still in discussion regarding pay and benefits. She further stated they are interviewing candidates.
The new hire will be an additional officer since Chief Edwards will be part-time.
In other business regarding the police department, the Board agreed to approve the one year warranty for the watchguard car and body cam video equipment. Hoffoss said the warranty has to be renewed yearly. “It’s something we really have to have,” she said. Hoffoss said they also approved the purchase of the new radar unit for the department’s Tahoe.
In new business the Board decided to opt in to the temporary housing and shelter assistance program and waiver of land use. Per GOHSEP, this program will allow a landowner to place temporary housing on their property in the event of a Presidential declared disaster.
Hoffoss also said the Board heard department reports as part of regular business matters:
- The Police Department will participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 29, 2022. Residents can drop off expired and unused prescription medicines from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Village Hall.
- Hoffoss announced businesses in the Village will participate in the Fall Highway 80 Sale, October 21-23 as well as the Main to Main Sale the first week of November. She said she expects a good turnout for both events.
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