The Lafayette City Council approved the hire of Tom Dallas as new Animal Control Officer during their regular session meeting on Tuesday, January 8. Previous Animal Control Officer Earnest Turner had written a letter of resignation, which the council accepted.
The city’s ACO also handles traffic direction in front of Macon County Jr. High during critical hours, which accounts for 10 work hours a week. The city is currently working out a more standardized job description for this role.
Other items covered:
*The council adopted Ordinance 635 and 636, amending language in the animal control section of the city code. In places where the job title is listed as “health officer” or “pound keeper,” the term was changed to “animal control officer.”
*The council re-appointed Gay Chamberlain for another five year term on the Lafayette Recreation Advisory Board, and appointed City Councilmember Pam Cothron for her first five year term on the same.
*The Council authorized payroll deduction for insurance company Liberty National, as an optional offering for city employees. Liberty representative Gabriel Speaks explained the term life insurance offerings—there will be a no-premium accidental death policy available to all city employees, as well as a unique term life policy that goes to age 100 with no changes in either value or premium. This option will now be available to all city employees, with premiums to be paid by payroll deduction.
*Lafayette Police Chief Stacey Gann was given authorization to advertise for bids to install in-car video cameras to as many patrol cars as possible. He will do as many as can be covered by the $21,790.00 TDOT grant acquired for the purpose.
*Gann brought a motion to the council to change a city police department job title from Corporal to Patrolman II. Gann said that there is no difference between these two titles and the term ‘Corporal’ is redundant, so should be eliminated. This will only affect the three Corporals in his department. The motion must be carried to the Police Committee, then to the Personnel Committee before it is brought back to the City for approval.
*The following annual employee evaluations and salary increases, for the month of January, were approved:
Jeff Halliburton, Water
Billy King, Fire
Leah Kirby, Office
Adam Swindle, Street
Jarhea Wilmore, Water
Jeff A. Tucker, Police
Stacey Woodard, Police