Taking her oath of office is Fairfield PD’s newest officer, Mary Jo (Warren) Bates (left), who will serve the city as a patrol officer. Performing the official swearing-in is Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill, following a February 9, 2017 City Council meeting.
Several employment contracts were approved by Fairfield City Council, including those for two patrol officers, following a short executive session on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Full-time employment for both Rodney Steven Price and Mary Jo (Warren) Bates were approved at $17.00 per hour.
Bates took her official oath and began her first day on the job; Price has already been serving on the force for several months.
Also made official is City Secretary Debbie Nesbitt, whose temporary contract had expired. Council unanimously approved hiring Nesbitt full-time with an annual salary of $50,000 for the City Secretary position.
Finally, employment contract for Fire Chief Matt Foree was reviewed and approved at this meeting. Chief Foree was officially hired for the part-time position during the previous council meeting held January 24, 2017.
Several city positions will be posted by Public Works Director Clyde Woods, as approved by Council.
City Election is officially called for Saturday, May 6, 2017 for Place III (David Steward), Place IV (Landis Bayless), and Place V (Kenneth Hughes). Polls are set to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
As the meeting came to a close, resident Nena Price read a letter to the Council during the Citizens Forum. In it, she expressed her dismay at the arguing and bad language used during the last meeting.
“Someone should have stopped it,” she read, referencing the bible verse, Ephesians 4:29.
Prices letter was applauded by Mayor Roy Hill and several Council members.