It took less than 20 minutes of deliberation in executive session for the Albion City Council to hire a new full-time city police officer.

Cody Brown was hired by unanimous vote of the council during its October regular meeting Monday night. The council spent just 17 minutes in closed session before resuming the meeting and making the decision to move on Brown. Alderman Quentin Speir made the motion, with fellow councilman Chris Hodgson seconding the measure.

Brown, a resident of Mount Carmel, is currently employed by the Wabash County Jail, and also serves in the Illinois National Guard. He will replace former Albion Police Officer Sean Sager, who left the APD after eight years of service to join the Army National Guard. Sager had previously served six years as a member of the Air Force National Guard.

Albion Mayor Wesley Harris noted that the city’s budgeted payroll for the APD will remain intact, with Brown filling in the hours initially allotted to Sager.

An official start date of Nov. 18 has been set for Brown, who is scheduled to take the POWER test, which includes a timed one and a half mile run, bench press, sit-ups and sit and reach exercises, on Oct. 27. Upon passing that examination, he will then attend the police academy at Southwestern Illinois College from Nov. 19 through March 12.

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