City Council looks to beef up police department
Councilmembers trying to find ways to fund additional position
Last updated 11/17/2021 at 4:50pm
The City Council wants to add another full-time officer to the city's police force.
But the council has not found a way to fund the position, which likely will cost about $55,000 for 2022.
Police Chief Cheol Kang estimated the cost to hire an entry level officer at $106,000 for the entire year, but it would take the department six months to go through the recruitment and hiring process. Equipment for a new hire would run from $3,000 to $4,000.
The police department is budgeted for 29 commissioned officers, with 20 officers assigned to the patrol division.
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson noted ther...