The City of Albion is seeking a new part-time police officer following the departure of a recent hire within the department.

Albion Mayor Wesley Harris brought the matter to the attention of the council during their October regular meeting Monday evening, reminding them of part-time officer Chase Cheadle’s move to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department.

“We talked last month about Chase Cheadle going to Mount Carmel,” he said. “So do we need to think about just taking applications for right now, with him departing?”

Both the mayor and Albion Chief of Police Mike Harris have fielded inquiries about the potential part-time opening already, according to the former.

“I’ve had a few people reach out to me,” said Harris. “I know Mike said he had somebody reach out to him that is interested.”

Harris emphasized that the city shouldn’t wait until it is caught shorthanded to replace Cheadle’s position.

“We don’t want to beat around the bush, and then next thing you know, we’re needing somebody.”

Alderman Don Rigg made a motion to advertise the position and take applications, with fellow councilman Chris Hodgson seconding the measure. The council voted unanimously in favor of the motion, though Alderman Gary Mason offered some words before giving an affirmative vote on the matter.

“If we do (hire someone), I want to ensure that somebody signs something that they will be working here, and not leaving and going somewhere else,” he said, “where we pay for their training and we get backdoored.”

Also during the meeting, the council elected not to pay city utility workers who had obtained their water licenses overtime for the training and class work undergone to earn their licenses.

The matter was first mentioned at the council’s September meeting, with the council questioning whether or not the employees in question had needed such a license to perform their duties as city employees.

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