Scranton hires new police chief

SCRANTON—In anticipation that a quorum would not be reached for the Oct. 7 meeting, the Scranton City Council convened a special meeting Oct. 1 to conduct regular business.

The council accepted the recommendation of Scranton Mayor Robert Sims to appoint Brent Cox as Chief of Police at an annual salary of $38,000, with full time employee health insurance benefits. Cox has served as interim police chief following the resignation of Larry Alexander Aug. 6.

Cox summarized incidents handled by the police department between Sept. 16 and Oct. 1. The report listed eight traffic–related; one assist to an outside agency; one public intoxication charge; one vehicle accident; one warrant arrest; three domestic battery charges; two aggravated burglary charges; and one count of aiding a felon.

Bobi Morris, city clerk, reported vandalism of the city’s drop box.

“A few weeks ago, somebody decided they were going to pry it off the front (of the building,)” Morris said. “Now, the box just fills up with water. Checks and anything are just dripping with water.”

The council motioned to replace the damaged drop box with a drive up box, at a cost of $1,500.

In other business, the council:

• authorized $265 for purchase of an adjustable office chair and $400 for Halloween candy.
• approved a request from Tim Nedeau to construct a replacement garage.
• approved a request from LaDonna Lee to extend the noise ordinance to 1 a.m. Oct. 4, following approval from neighbors.
• accepted the resignation of Jeanne Johnson from the fire department.
• approved expenditure of $150 for blue level advertising in the Santa Fe Trail Charger yearbook.
• convened three executive sessions to discuss non-elected personnel, two with Cox and another with Morris.

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