Palenick said 26 payroll periods in 2021, down from 27 payrolls in 2020, will add savings. Retirements will allow the city to hire employees at entry-level salaries.
In his presentation, Palenick said the city plans to add two new Community Oriented Police officers that will be partially funded by a previously approved COPS grant. A third police officer position is planned when Maj. Scott Reeve, a deputy chief, retires in 2021.
In addition, Palenick said the city plans to eliminate one deputy chief’s position as part of a reorganization of the Division of Police.
Police officials said their major initiatives include reorganizing the police administration, seeking to reduce use-of-force situations and citizen complaints against officers and exploring identification as a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for increase state and federal funding for narcotics operations.
Officials said the fire department plans to focus on stabilizing staff, reducing opioid overdoses by 10% in cooperation with other organizations, adopting fees for some services, implementing a radio replacement program and developing a facility plan that includes four new fire stations.