Hudson safety forces to receive new vehicles, reorganization

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The Hudson Police Department was given approval to purchase two new cruisers for $50,800 after City Council approved legislation Aug. 6.

The Hudson Police Department requested July 22 at a Council workshop the purchase of two new police vehicles.

The costs is in the 2014 approved budget and part of the approved fleet replacement schedule.

The new police vehicles will replace two existing police vehicles, both 2010 models with 100,000 miles each.

Police Chief David Robbins recommends the vehicles be updated from police cars to police utility vehicles or the police version of the Ford Explorer.

Quotes were received from Lebanon Ford, Statewide Ford and GSA AutoChoice Portal.

Lebanon Ford was the lowest at state contract pricing at $25,400 per

vehicle.

Also on legislation for Aug. 6 is an organization restructure for the Hudson Fire Department. Fire Chief Jerry Varnes would remain the same, but the assistant fire chief has been split into two part-time positions, shared by Joe and Jeff Alexander, who were sworn in July 7. The number of fire inspectors would be decreased from two to one, and a fire marshal added. With the fire training coordinator and executive assistant remaining the same, the total staff would include five, down from six since the two part-time employees would not count toward the total full-time employees.

Interim City Manager Scott Schroyer said the fire marshal did not exist on the schedule, but now would be added. The move did not include any pay range change.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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