Homer police makes moves in its department

(Photo via the Homer Police Department).

The Village of Homer Police Department is making moves within its department, noted at Tuesday’s village Board of Trustees meeting.

The village board scheduled a public hearing, for its second meeting in July, in regards to Homer police looking to purchase a new vehicle.

Village treasurer Tanya Digennaro said at Tuesday’s meeting that the new police vehicle will cost $47,000. The purchase, covered by Homer police’s reserve funds, won’t be made until next spring.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the village board approved the creation of a part-time sergeant position. The position was allocated in the village’s 2023-24 budget this past November.

Homer police chief Bob Pitman noted in the past he has a part-time sergeant in his department, but is looking to have two as part of his staff. Pitman mentioned his department had a full-time sergeant prior to September 2020.

“I’m just looking for someone to balance things out in the department,” Pitman added, noting the hire will occur within the department.

The village board on Tuesday also appointed Ryan Foody as a part-time officer in the Homer police department.