New chief makes moves to improve department
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 05, 2010 | 2229 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — New Carbon Hill Police Chief Heath Allred isn’t wasting any time in his efforts to get his department staffed and up to par.

Allred made several proposals at the Carbon Hill City Council meeting on Thursday night in order to make the changes he felt were sorely needed.

His first proposals dealt with the promotion of current part time officer Dustin Hulsey to full time status and the hiring of Roger Morrison as a full time officer. Hulsey has been with the department for approximately six months, while Morrison came highly recommended by Allred as a veteran officer.

The Carbon Hill City Council passed motions to hire both officers, with Hulsey’s full-time status starting immediately.

Allred reported the status of the department’s fleet of cruisers was inadequate, and suggested the purchase of a new car that would be in service for years to come.

“Right now, we only have two really reliable cars for us to patrol in,” Allred said. “That’s out of our six total cars. We desperately need a new vehicle that could give us a long service term with it.”

Allred suggested a 2010 Dodge Charger, priced at $21, 434, citing that the car’s speed, power and durability made it a great candidate in his estimation. The city council voted unanimously to purchase the Dodge Charger for use with the department.

Also requested by Allred was to send Officer Josh McGuire to AISO school for his required continuing education training and to allow him to obtain his AISO recertification. The motion was passed by the city council.