Seligman Police Department to change structure

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Full-time officer resigns, 3 part time officers to round out staff

The city of Seligman has started the process of replacing a full-time police officer who recently resigned.

Ray Earnest, Seligman's only full-time police officer, turned in his notice of resignation on Sept. 11, said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. His last day was Sept. 20.

"He left on good terms," Nichols said. "He said he found a full-time position with the Stone County Sheriff's Department, and he went to go over there. It was closer to home for him."

Earnest was a full-time officer with the Seligman Police Department for nearly one year. He was a reserve officer for several months prior to becoming a full-time officer.

The city decided with his resignation, it was a good time to change the department's structure, doing away with the full-time position in place of going to three part-time officer positions, Nichols said. The city is searching for the third part-time position.

The city currently has two part-time officers and a police chief, Nichols said. Police Chief Terry Burgess can work up to 65 hours per month.

The city also has no reserve officers, Burgess said.

Burgess said he is going to request the city to expand the department to four part-time officer positions in next year's budget, Nichols said.

"For the same money, the city is going to get more coverage than it had before," Burgess said. "So, we will be able to better serve the citizens of the community," he said.

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