Monday, December 29, 2008

City Council with Final Session in 2008

The Dunwoody City Council will hold its final public meeting of 2008 at 7 p.m. Monday night at United Methodist Church. The council will review the proposed $14.4 million budget, of which $5.25 million is allocated for police. Newly named police chief Billy Grogan has proposed a 40-person staff with patrols working 12-hour beats.

In order to keep the budget as lean as possible, the latest plan for the police department calls for pool cars in the first year instead of each officer having his/her own take-home vehicle. While this sounds like a good idea on the surface, it has a major drawback. Take-home cars are an enormous perk for attracting quality officers. If the city of Dunwoody cannot afford such a perk, and with other benefits likely less than those at DeKalb County and neighboring Sandy Springs, how difficult will it be to hire top officers? This should be a major concern to the council.

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