Harrodsburg Police Department to hire records clerk

November 10, 2004|ANN HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - The local police department will be allowed to hire a part-time records clerk in spite of a hiring freeze established in June by the Harrodsburg City Commission.

The commissioners set the hiring freeze due to a tight budget and said no city worker who quits a city job will be replaced unless the need for a replacement in demonstrated.

Communications Supervisor Ruth Ann Bryant said her department has been given additional work because of a ruling by Mercer Circuit Judge Darren Peckler, but there is more need in the police department's records office.

A full-time records clerk, Carla Miller, has resigned and that left only one full-time employee in that office, Jo Preston. The part-time employee will be Miller's replacement.


Police Chief Ernie Kelty said a full-time clerk is needed, but, "due to budget constraints, this is the best we can do," he said. "We would make it fulltime if the money was available."

Bryant said Peckler has ordered the Harrodsburg Police Department to record in its computer system all warrants issued in the county so as not to duplicate warrants issued here to other counties. That not only requires entering the data in the computer system, but also involves repeated trips to and from the Mercer County Courthouse.

When a criminal complaint is filed at the courthouse, Bryant says she goes to the court clerk's office, retrieves the warrant, takes it to the police station, has it entered on the computer and then takes it back to the courthouse.

The warrants are those issued by the police department, Mercer County Sheriff's office and Kentucky State Police. Kelty said he thinks the judge's order is a good idea, but agreed with Bryant that it had added work for communications and police department employees.

City Commission also voted to purchase a 4,000 square-foot equipment storage building for Spring Hill Cemetery from Ison Contracting of Harrodsburg for $82,683. The price was the lowest of three bids. Commissioner Joe Hood said the building would be paid for out of perpetual care funds.

Mayor Lonnie Campbell also announced that the second meeting this month, scheduled Nov. 23, will be canceled because it falls during Thanksgiving week.

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