The group also voted to move Powell and Officer Chuck Lilley to full-time status. The duo had already been working full-time hours, according to the council. The vote just makes the schedule official and entitles them to benefits.
Powell has been at the department since January. Lilley has been at the department even longer, according to Powell.
“We’re glad to have this finalized,” Powell said after the meeting. “We just want to be able to continue to serve the people of Oakman and keep improving this department.”
The council also voted to hire Chad Gurganus as a part-time officer for the department.
In other business, the council:
•Voted to allot funds for police department upgrades, as well as looking at equipment needed to put computers and printers inside two of the city’s patrols cars.
Currently one vehicle is equipped with the needed equipment.
•Continue the temporary appointments of all other appointed city positions until the next regular council meeting on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The council reappointed all positions temporarily two weeks ago at their organizational meeting.
•Spent more than an hour in executive session to discuss pending litigation, at the recommendation of city attorney Charles Tatum.
•Voted to begin paying extra payments to the municipal judge in order to catch up on what Mayor Dennis Welch said is approximately 12 months of past due payments.
•Discussed the need for an employee and police handbook.
•Discussed the need to establish a policy regarding what city records will be available to the public and what the process for procuring those records will be. Tatum was asked to draw up a policy regarding the records for the council’s approval.