Ford City Borough Council authorized the hiring of several individuals in the police department at their public meeting on Monday night.
Police Chief Paul Hughes and Mayor Jeff Cogley recommended the hiring of Josh Krizmanich as a part-time police officer. Hughes said he will be paid $17 per hour and receive a 50-cent increase for every six months of service until he reaches a maximum of $19 per hour.
With the addition of Krizmanich, Hughes said it brings the number of part-time police officers to five, and two full-time officers. The department maintains a 24-hour roster. Total calls for October were 616.
Council also authorized the hiring of Lindsay Cumberledge as a Police Administrative Assistant. She will be paid $11 per hour and work 32 hours per week. Council had concerns about her working standard hours so the public knew when the police department was open to the public. Hughes said she will work daily from 9:00 AM until 3:00PM Monday through Friday beginning Monday, November 19.
Council also approved the employment contract for Chief Hughes, which was retroactive back to his hire date of August 13, 2018. Hughes will be paid $50,000 annually; given a yearly uniform allowance of $500; receive one week paid vacation for 2018 and two-weeks in 2019 and each successive calendar year thereafter; standard paid holidays including his birthday; one paid personal day in 2018 and three paid personal days in 2019; two paid sick days in 2018 and five sick days in 2019; medical insurance, life insurance and pension plan benefits.
Council unanimously passed each motion. Mayor Cogley was not in attendance at the meeting due to illness.