Hampton hires part-time police officer

Posted Online: Aug. 14, 2014, 7:40 pm
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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com
HAMPTON -- Tammy Fox was hired as a part-time police officer at Monday's village board meeting, replacing Devin McNeill, who took a full-time position with the Hampton Police Department.

"She's got a strong background in community policing," Police Chief Terry Engle told the board.

Ms. Fox, who has been a police officer in the area, is a Davenport resident, and will be starting on the force immediately.

Chief Engle informed the board the roof at the police department sprung a leak during recent heavy rains, and $200 was spent for a temporary patch. More repairs will be needed very soon, he told trustees.

Additionally, Chief Engle reported that Hampton responded to 226 calls for service in Rapids City in July. "They are very pleased with the service they are getting from us," he said of the intergovernmental agreement between the two villages.

Mr. Engle also donated two radios to the security liaisons at Hampton Elementary School, so they will have "direct access to dispatch" in case of emergency. He added that the school will foot the month bill for the service.

In other action, the board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Silvis for building inspection services, and heard that all the volunteer fire department staff completed courses in CPR and first aid certification.

Village Clerk Mike Toalson also asked board members to "mull over" certain items, such as getting rid of the fax machine and its phone line, getting a village Facebook page so residents will have another option for getting important updates and looking for a website designer to help with uploading village ordinances, as well as meeting minutes and agendas.

Mr. Toalson said the board is expected to make a decision about the new cellphone tower placement at the Aug. 25 meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Heritage Center.


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