August 5, 2008

Freeland Hires Three Part-Time Officers

By Amanda Christman, Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa.

Aug. 5--Freeland Borough Council hired three part-time officers during Monday night's meeting, but continues to search for a borough manager.

Two part-time officers will start working in the borough within two weeks; the third will start at the end of August. All officers hired at Freeland go through a six-month probationary period.

Councilman Dave Mahon said he hasn't received the names of the officers yet. Sgt. Robert Maholik, officer in charge, was unable to attend Monday's meeting.

Council also accepted the resignation of part-time officer Matthew Parker, who accepted a job offer in the western part of the country. Mahon said Parker wrote a letter to council thanking them for the experience.

With Parker's departure and the three new hires, the Freeland Police Department will be comprised of seven part-time officers and full-timers Maholik and Scott Michaelesko.

The police department is also in need of a second part-time clerk. Mahon said though Freeland already has a part-time clerk in the police department, the police need another person to pitch in.

Both clerks will share the 20-hour work week and be paid minimum wage. Resumes can be sent to Maholik at the borough building, Mahon said.

The borough interviewed two people for its borough manager position Saturday, council President Paul Thomas said. Nine more will be interviewed Aug. 12, he said. The borough received 12 applications for the manager position.

Thomas said the interview process will take some more time before a candidate is selected.

"What we need is longer days," Thomas said, alluding to the amount of work involved in screening and interviewing candidates.

New dump truck

Council approved a bank loan with KNTB Bank for the purchase of a 1998 International dump truck from Penn Hazle Equipment. The loan is tax free and includes a 5.16-percent interest rate. The loan will last four years and the borough will make monthly payments of $404.88 as part of its obligation. The borough is trading in its 1979 International dump truck and expects to have the new truck by Wednesday or Thursday.

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