Homer Disbands Police Department
During a special meeting the town of Homer decides to dismantle their police department.
The Town of Homer's council voted Monday night to dismantle and phase out the Homer Police Department, effective March 1.
The vote, which was tallied during the special meeting rides the heels of much discussion regarding the town’s expenditures and said financial woes, alongside a heavy raise given to a police department captain by the council earlier last week.
The town opted to keep two of its top-ranking policemen until August, while electing to demote Chief Russell Mills to city marshal. The change will tremendously drop Mills’ salary to roughly $400 a month.
During a regular meeting session earlier this month the council voted to increases the salary of the police department’s single captain. The move hiked that employee’s salary to a rate far higher than that of the police chief.
Officers have not been officially notified.
Municipal government also decided to eliminate term limits for the mayor and the council during the special meeting.
Calls placed to Homer Mayor Alecia Smith were not immediately returned.
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