TRUMBULL COUNTY Hiring of first 4 police delayed

The mayor said he wants the candidates to take polygraph tests again.
WARREN -- The city won't hire the first four new police officers as quickly as pledged, but Mayor Michael J. O'Brien still plans to hire 10 officers within six weeks.
"I've made the decision to repolygraph," O'Brien said. "A lot can happen in five months."
He said no red flags from the candidates prompted the decision to do polygraph (lie-detector) tests again.
"It's a decision I made based on comfort level," O'Brien said.
Promise to hire four
Before last week's special election, in which voters passed a 0.5 percent income tax renewal for the police and fire departments, O'Brien had said the city would hire four new officers right away if the tax passed. Passage continues the tax through 2007.
Voters rejected the same tax renewal in March.
O'Brien said letters were sent last week to the first 10 police candidates on the Civil Service list, asking if they were still interested in the positions. As of Thursday, six responded that they were. He said the list includes 40 people.
The polygraphs will be conducted on the candidates by police department officials at the same time drug tests and interviews are conducted, O'Brien said.
Five will do interviews
Interviews will be done by the three police captains, Chief John Mandopoulos and Safety-Service Director William "Doug" Franklin.
The mayor said the polygraphs take a day and drug tests take two days to complete.
He estimated the first four officers will come on board within 10 days.
If 10 officers are hired, the department would employ 84 officers, the number promised when the tax initially passed in 2001. The tax generates about $4.6 million annually for the police and fire departments.

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