Police chief requests additional officersPublished 2:18am Thursday, October 31, 2013
Police Chief David E. Barbour told the council last week that he was concerned about the manpower in the Dadeville Police Department.
“We’ve gotten caught, I’m afraid, in a bit of a quagmire here,” Barbour said. “We’re down several officers.”
He noted there had been few medical leaves taken lately and two officers were hired by other departments. The problem, he said, could be compounded in the coming months, as the department’s military officers are due for maneuvers or training.
“We don’t mind getting overtime,” Barbour said, “but some of my officers are getting to the point of burnout.”
He asked the council whether he could fill two positions for officers that had been in previous budget.
“Now tell the whole story,” Mayor Joe Smith replied. “Before I was sworn in, y’all slipped one in on me.”
Barbour responded that nothing was “slipped in.” The event Smith referenced “before (he) was sworn in,” was Barbour’s promotion to police chief and the hiring of an officer to fill his spot in investigations, the police chief said.
“I’m not asking for three or four or five,” he said. “I’m just asking for two, the two that were already vacant.”
Councilman Mickey Tarpley and other council members said they saw no problem with filling spots that had been vacated in the past. Tarpley said the rest of the details could be worked into the city’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year as soon as it is presented.
The council has yet to complete work on a budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. Smith said they hoped to get together with department heads to discuss their revenue needs soon.
One reason for the delay, Smith said, is that changes to health insurance premiums have not been fully calculated. Premiums are expected to rise due to implementation of the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act better known as ObamaCare.