Sutter Creek Moves Forward With Hiring An Additional Police Officer

Sutter Creek Moves Forward With Hiring An Additional Police Officer

In light of a brightening budget picture, the Sutter Creek City Council voted to move forward with hiring an additional Police Officer at their meeting last night. Now at the halfway point through the fiscal year, the council conducted a review of the city’s finances. Overall, the city’s general fund shows a projected $375,000 surplus, with city manager Amy Gedney emphasizing the cost reduction measures that the city has taken in recent years. With the news of an improving budget picture, the council voted to begin recruitment of a new police officer. The estimated cost to pay, equip, and train the new officer is estimated at $115,000, but the city also expects to save some money overall due to decreased overtime expenses from other officers. Sutter Creek Police Chief James O’Connell said he would begin the recruitment process immediately, with a focus on recruiting locally. The new hire would increase the Sutter Creek Force to five full-time officers, plus a part-time police chief. In other business, the council voted to approve the annual authorization for the Crestview Lighting District, which collects a special property tax in the subdivision to maintain street lights, as well as a report on the Amador County Traffic Mitigation Fee, which collects fees on new construction to build road improvement projects throughout the county. 

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