6/13/2014 9:40:00 PM CFPD will go to eight fulltime officers
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council approved a request at its June 3 meeting from Police Chief Jeff McCormick to go to eight full-time sworn Officers, up from the current 7.5 staffing level.
On March 5, Officer Nick Sather resigned after accepting a position with Red Wing. The City Council approved promoting part-time Officer Jake Edwinson to replace Officer Sather effective March 17.
McCormick recommended that the part-time position be moved back to a full-time position, refilling one of the positions laid off at the end of 2010. The Council had actually authorized going to a staff of ten officers before the economy took a turn for the worse and budget cutbacks were needed.
McCormick said the CFPD ends up training an officer to work part-time, but that employee is often apt to leave for a full-time job.
The Police Commission unanimously agreed with replacing the position with a full-time officer.
McCormick hopes to have a hire by mid-August with a twelve-week training period to follow. Net budget impact on current budget after factoring in savings from being understaffed for part of year is about $7,000 in extra salary.
McCormick said changes in the Public Employee Retirement Account rules could trigger a number of early retirements this year, which could create a situation in which more departments will be hiring replacements.