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Police turning to retirees for help

July 19, 2000

Police turning to retirees for help



The Hagerstown Police Department is turning to its retirees to take over some of the department's administrative duties, freeing up officers to spend more time on the street.

The City Council Tuesday gave consensus approval to Police Chief Arthur R. Smith to hire two more retirees. Smith said that several months ago one retiree began working part time doing background checks on potential employees.

Smith said giving the background checks to a part-time worker let him shift a lieutenant to enforcement duties.

Smith also plans to hire former officers to take over the roles of vehicle maintenance officer and special events coordinator. He said additional administrative functions may be shifted to part-time employees in the future.

The part-time employees are paid $10 an hour or $15 an hour depending on whether the work they do was previously handled by a supervisor.

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-Dan Kulin

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