EASTON, Conn. After three days without a records clerk at the Easton Police Department, paperwork is piling up.
"We're terribly backed up we need help," Police Chief John Solomon said after the Board of Finance agreed to transfer money in the police budget to fill a part-time clerk's position.
A total of $20,816 was transferred from the captain's line item. In January, Capt. John Candee will become the town's chief, and the captain's position will be frozen for six months. This amount will be used to finance a records clerk who works 18 hours per week.
"We're a reporting agency. Everything we do is reported," said Solomon. He said the new clerk will need to be sent away for training, which will mean more time without a clerk. Solomon said the department sent out 1,200 alarm renewals and now 1,200 checks will be coming in as well as changes in information. These are all tasks the records clerks would normally perform.
"The past two days were a lot more difficult than we thought it would be," Police Commissioner Rich Colangelo told the Board of Finance on Tuesday. Because of budget cuts, the two records clerks were laid off, who had worked a combined 58 hours per week. The Police Commission had proposed three tiers of cuts to the Board of Finance during budget discussions. The Board of Finance agreed to eliminate the first two tiers, which included the two records clerk positions.
"We were wrong to say in the two tiers to get rid of both of them," said Colangelo, who said reinstating one of the positions would be the "best of both worlds."
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