|Weakley County police shuffle positions |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:02 pm |
With such an abundance of quality police officers in the county, it’s not surprising that when the job of police chief became open in Dresden recently, it could be filled with someone from the neighboring town of Martin. And, everyone seemed to be happy about it.
Monday night was a night of promotion announcements in the Martin Police Department. At the City Board Meeting, Police Chief David Moore told aldermen that Ptl. Guy Pryor and Ptl. Mark Rushing had been assigned to investigator positions. In addition with the “upcoming retirement” of Capt. Randall Walker from the Martin Police Department, Inv. Tommy Erwin had been promoted to captain.
Then an hour later on the same night at a Dresden special board meeting, aldermen welcomed their new police chief Capt. Randall Walker from MPD who had traveled down Hwy 22 to accept the position. Ricky Cobb had been acting as interim police chief and received praise for his work at the last board meeting.
Cobb had agreed to fill in when long-time chief Brent Perry resigned recently.
Walker will assume his new job on May 26.
Moore also announced that Jennifer Owens will be the new school resource officer at Martin Middle School.
In another department in Martin, David Blake was moved up to battalion chief in the Martin Fire Department.
The Martin City Board also discussed the recommendation from the Public Works committee to accept the Barker Brothers bid of $7.80 a home per month to pick up curbside collection. This will be in addition to the charge already in effect for garbage pick-up by Barker Brothers.
The board also decided to advertise for bids on a new pumper truck to be used mainly for rural fire call.
After some further discussion, the board also agreed to purchase an additional outdoor weather warning siren for the Landrum Woods subdivision to be paid for by extending their period of utility bill collections for the sirens.
For $3,000, a new stripe will be painted down Hyndsver Road from the railroad track to Frontier Telephone Co. making it a double yellow, no-passing zone. Safety concerns were cited.
Over at the Dresden meeting, the Board agreed to transfer necessary funds for the purchase of railroad property from CSX.
The land will be used for a walking trail and a farmer’s market for the City of Dresden.
The purchase of the land running from Hwy 54 to the Civic Center is no longer in use by the railroad. The CSX land will include 9.54 acres of property and 14.83 acres of easement.
The City of Dresden plans to set aside up to $5,000 an acre for the purchase of the land.