In addition to a new school resource officer, the Jeffersonville City Council agreed on Monday to add two new officers to the city’s police force.
The two officers the council agreed to hire will replace a captain and a lieutenant who are retiring April 31 and July 31, respectively.
Jeffersonville Police Chief Chris Grimm requested the council allow him to hire the new officers in June in order for them to attend the next academy class that begins in July. The hirings would include a third officer being added to the police force as a result of the Greater Clark County School Corp. pledging $34,500 toward the base salary of a new officer.
The timeline for the new officers to complete training and be on the street is January 2014, Grimm said.
The request was unanimously approved.
The council also agreed that City Attorney Les Merkley could hire a paralegal for the city’s law department.
At a previous meeting, changes to the city’s law department were approved which would allow for the addition of a paralegal instead of hiring a new corporation attorney. Former Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe resigned last month.
Merkley will move into Lowe’s former role, as it is required that a second-class city have a corporation attorney. But before adding the paralegal, Merkley asked the council to approve a higher-than-entry-level salary.
The paralegal would come in as a pay grade 6, for which the minimum salary equals $33,900 and the median salary for the pay grade totals $39,000. The administration can only hire someone at the minimum amount unless approval is granted by the council.
The city council agreed to allow the hiring of the paralegal, Johnna Anderson, at a salary of $36,000.
Merkley said she will start Monday.
An appropriation ordinance which would address cuts to the Parks Department budget of $245,000 was approved on a second reading.
However, questions arose for the city council about one line item in the budget that would move $87,400 into the Board of Public Works budget.
Before a vote was taken on the appropriation ordinance, Councilman Ed Zastawny explained that the money that would be made available to the board of public works would not have to come before the council for approval if the board chose to enter into a contract and designate the funds.
There was some confusion among the council as to why the funding was being moved back into the board of public works budget.
Controller Amy Deering and Merkley both said they believe the funding was for the former city communications director and ProMedia, which is handling communications for the city.
“That was the salary for the communications director, along with the newsletter,” Merkley said Tuesday. “We were just asking that the money be shifted from parks [department].”
The former communications director’s salary was moved out of the administration’s budget and into the parks department budget earlier this year, a move the council said at the time was designed to shift the position away from the mayor’s office to allow the communications director to perform a more inclusive role communicating the policies of the entire city government.
The second reading was unanimously approved, with the $87,400 move omitted from the ordinance.