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Miner sets city marshal qualifications

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

MINER - The next city marshal for Miner will be required spend some time on the job every weekday, Monday through Friday.

The Miner Board of Aldermen set guidelines, qualifications and the salary for the position's next four-year term during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Training hour requirements were changed by the Board from 480 hours to a minimum of 470 as requested by Roger Moore, who presently is serving in the position. He said the college he received his training from only offered a 470-hour course and there are no 10-hour courses offered to make up the difference.

"They don't offer classes like that," Moore said. "They offer 120s, 130s, 240s, a 600 class."

Vacation time for the position was set at 40 hours with no additional sick or vacation time compensation despite Moore pointing out that every other officer in the department will get at least two weeks and some even get three weeks vacation.

The Board did remove a requirement from the ordinance that would have mandated the marshal to work from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. after Moore explained he prefers to come in at 6 a.m. so he can talk with officers who work nights before they end their shifts.

His request to remove the requirement to work Monday through Friday was denied, however, even though Moore advised he typically puts in 45-52 hours working Monday through Thursday even "if everything is running smooth" and he isn't called out in the middle of the night.

"You are in a management positions and expected to work more hours," said Alderman Justin Medley. He said he has a problem with the police department's chief having every Friday off.

"I think the citizens of Miner expect their police chief to be working on Friday," Medley.

Moore said he has never received a complaint about his present schedule.

"Do they know?" Medley asked.

Board members set the salary for the next term at $32,000 per year based on an Internet cost-of-living calculator.

City Clerk Janet Tuttle said giving yearly COL raises previously approved for the position are not allowed by Missouri's Revised Statutes which mandate the salary "shall not be changed during the term for which he was elected."

The bill also sets a minimum of 40 hours per week to be worked by the marshal, who is also on call at all hours, and for continuing education hours to be kept up.

The Board also approved an ordinance calling for an election April 5 during which the marshal will be elected for a four-year term; the Ward 1 alderman for a two-year term; the Ward 2 alderman for a two-year term; and to fill the unexpired city collector's three-year term.

Candidates may file between 8 a.m. Dec. 14 and 5 p.m. Jan. 18.