Chief shifts 2 cops to full-time in January

Police Chief Mike Abraham wasted little time in implementing a new schedule he says will result in more officers on the street at certain times.

Abraham was given permission by village council to promote two part-time officers to full time, giving him enough full-time staff to begin working 10-hour shifts, starting Jan. 1.

“I’m looking forward to getting this started. It will make scheduling easier and actually result in better coverage for the village,” he told council at Tuesday’s meeting.

Two weeks before, council gave Abraham permission to increase the number of full-time officers from seven to nine, enabling him to implement his plan of going to 10-hour shifts to reduce reliance on part-time officers, which he said was becoming a problem because of the high turnover among part-time officers leaving to take full-time positions elsewhere.

Until now, part-time officers provided 105 hours of coverage per two-week pay period, and constant turnover was making it difficult to fill those eight-hour shifts. Abraham said increasing his full-time complement by just two officers will result in only two 10-hour shifts per pay period that will need to be filled by a part-time officer.

Switching to 10-hour shifts will also increase coverage by creating shift overlap, with three officers on duty for several hours most days instead of just two officers.

Promoted to take the new full-time spots were part-time officers Jacob Zaluski and Tab Bailey.

Meanwhile, council accepted the resignations of three part-time officers: Sal Scarfile, Logan Frass and Matt Bacha. Abraham said this leaves him with six part-time officers, which should be enough to fill the lone 10-hour shift per week and cover for vacations.

Adding two more full-time officers will result in a net increase of $35,000 to $40,000 to the police department’s 2018 budget.

In related news, council accepted the resignation of long-time police dispatcher Sheila Deville, who is retiring after more than 25 years. “She’s really going to be missed,” Abraham said.

Part-time dispatcher Amanda Moore was promoted to replace Deville.