Por­terdale Po­lice Dept. fur­loughs one of­fi­cer

Lay off elim­i­nates need for other salary re­duc­tions

The Covington News - - Local news - By Am­ber Pittman

In an at­tempt to help with the bud­get cri­sis, Por­terdale Po­lice Chief Wayne Digby has de­cided to lay off one pub­lic safety of­fi­cer.

City coun­cil mem­bers agreed to cut all mu­nic­i­pal salaries 20 per­cent in an at­tempt shore up a $ 200,000 bud­get short­fall.

Ac­cord­ing to Digby, 20 per­cent from the PPD is the same amount as one of­fi­cer’s salary be­tween now and the end of the year.

“ I think the best thing for every­one is just to fur­lough one per­son,” Digby said. “ It will still al­low for plenty of cov­er­age.

“ We will just have to reshuf­fle things a bit.”

With the lay­off there will now be six full- time of­fi­cers in Por­terdale.

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