Three join BCPD; staff at full strength
For the first time since he took over as Baldwin City Police Chief, Mike McKenna has a full slate of employees with the hiring of a new officer, a part-time animal services officer and a part-time records clerk.
"Yes, we are at our maximum and we're enjoying it," said McKenna. "This has allowed us to gain an additional officer than what we've had, gives us and additional part-time records clerk that was budgeted for the 2007 budget, as well as a part-time animal services officer.
"This is the first time since I've been in Baldwin that we've had money for an animal control officer," he said. "(City) council members and I agreed we needed to have the animal control laws enforced."
The new police officer is Daniel Flick, who will move here from Emporia where he was a mechanic. The animal services officer is Julia Taylor and the records clerk is Amara Davis.
Flick has no previous law enforcement experience. His first day on the police force was March 19 and he's currently riding with certified field training officer Matt Douglas.
"He'll go to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center sometime in July," said McKenna.
Flick said he's looking forward to becoming a police officer here.
"I like it," Flick said of Baldwin City. "I like it a lot. I've got a heck of a lot to learn. I like to learn. I'm looking forward to it."
McKenna said Taylor's schedule for animal control will be based on need.
"Julia is going to be an effective officer for us in that role," he said. "Her schedule will fluctuate so we can use her more effectively. When we're limited to the number of hours we use the position, we will use it as efficiently as possible."
Taylor says she's aware of two problems that she'll focus on to start.
"I know there are a lot of loose dogs around," said Taylor. "I've also noticed the feral cat population is quite high."
Davis has worked for the city since April of 2005 in the city clerk's office.
"She's learning our records filing system and procedures on the information that officers get in their reports," said McKenna. "She's also being trained on getting background checks. Of course, she greets the public, answers the phones and any other office duties that might arise."