Campbell Council eliminates police lieutenant rankTweet
By Sarah Lehr
City council has voted to eliminate the police lieutenant rank through attrition.
The No. 2 position ranks between sergeants and the police chief.
Council President George Levendis, who was absent at council’s session earlier this week, has said dispensing with the lieutenant position would avert top-heavy staffing and save money.
Lieutenants make $21.87 hourly. Sergeants make $19.49 during their first year and $21.14 an hour after the first year.
The city reinstated the lieutenant rank in 2014 after nixing it in 1983.
In other business, council approved spending $22,460 on body armor for the police department and spending $19,735 on repairs to the street department building.
Council also approved a salary increase for the civil-service commission secretary from $500 to $750 a year.
Council is expected to approve about $9.8 million in total 2017 appropriations at its next regular meeting Jan. 18.
Additionally, council is reviewing legislation to authorize an advance of $80,000 from the general fund to the water fund.
City officials say the advance is necessary to avert a water-fund operating deficit.
In 2014, after private company Aqua Ohio stopped purchasing treated water from the city, the city ended the year with a $226,685 water-fund deficit. Since then, city council has been approving a series of payments from the general fund to subsidize the water fund.
Finance Director Michael Evanson said he believed the water fund could reimburse the general fund by the end of this year due to revenue from a water-rate increase instituted by Mayor Nick Phillips in July 2016.