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Centralia aldermen discuss police hours

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 6:19 am

Centralia Police Chief Bob Bias.

Centralia Police Chief Bob Bias.

During their March 11 Public Safety and General Government Committee meeting, Centralia’s aldermen heard from Lt. Tim Kribbs of the Centralia Police Department. He wanted to address the aldermen’s concerns regarding the income from the public safety sales tax and how they could afford two more officers.

He said it could be done using 12-hour shifts. “A schedule covering all but three hours of the day with two officers. The three-hour slot would be 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. “We can’t give them pay, but we switch to the 12-hour schedule, we can give them every other weekend off…” Kribbs said on how they can attract officers even though the city can’t match competing city’s’ pay. “We can’t give them the pay, but we can give them the benefits.” He said the aldermen would need to pass an ordinance authorizing the shift-length change. With several proposed changes, including an overtime reduction, he said adding two full-time officers while eliminating overtime and part time workers, adding the two new officers would cost the city a little more than $11,000 annually.

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