(Adair) The Adair City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to begin the search for a new Police Officer.
Recently, the City fired Lt. Josephine Weston, and Police Chief Bob Koeneman resigned. Adair City Attorney Beverly Wilder presented an example of a contract with Dallas County and the city of Redfield. The contract would provide 100-105 hours of law enforcement coverage for $44.70 an hour. Adair County Sheriff Brad Newton told city officials he currently doesn’t have the manpower to cover Adair and the rest of the county, but would be interested in exploring the idea.
But, Wilder was skeptical about contracting law enforcement because of Adair’s location.“I do have concerns as far as contracting just because we are right on the Interstate and we have a business that is opened 24-hours a day so we have a lot more activity just being on the Interstate.”
Adair Mayor Dennis Weigel agreed and made it clear that the new Police Officer would have to live in Adair. “I definitely think the new Officer needs to live right here in Adair with the patrol car parked right in front of their house.”
The city will begin to advertise for the position in the Des Moines Register, Omaha World Herald as well as locally, with applications due by the October meeting.
In the meantime, the Guthrie and Adair County Sheriff’s Offices are patrolling the city of Adair until a new officer can be hired.
September 13, 2012