Police chief hopes to hire additional officer
Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey hopes to replace the resigning community service officer with a full-time certified officer.
City administrator Jeff Clawson is pulling together figures for the Fairfield City Council Personnel Committee to discuss the financial feasibility during its next meeting. Harvey hopes to be able to hire an officer by Feb. 1.
Community service officer Kendrick Wilson’s resignation takes effect Dec. 31. His duties, which include parking enforcement, directing traffic, impounding vehicles, serving notices and animal control, could be absorbed by the department, according to minutes from the Dec. 6 personnel committee meeting.
The Fairfield Police Department currently has 13 officers. In previous years, federal funding made it possible to have 15 on staff.
Harvey would like another certified officer to increase the department’s ability to provide programs to schools, banks and other groups about topics such as identity theft. The officer also would boost drug enforcement and bike patrol.