T he Whitehall Police Department will have two new employees after the village hired a pair of officers for the department last week.
The village board agreed to hire two part time police officers at a special board meeting on Friday, Aug. 26.
Randy Bevins, an officer with the Ticonderoga Police Department and Rich Rizzo are both expected to work part time beginning in the next several weeks.
The hires were made because the department is expected to lose some of its part time help.
Current officer Daniel Price is expected to be deployed toAfghanistanin the coming weeks and another officer is in the process of transferring to a new position.
Police Chief Matt Dickinson also said there were some people on his list of part time officers were seldom available for shifts and the department needed to hire some new guys to cover all the shifts.
Bevins, who graduated fromTiconderogahigh school, is the primary trainer and firearms/use of force trainer for theTiconderogadepartment.
“He’s a smart, intelligent person,”Dickinsonsaid. “He comes highly recommended from theTiconderogachief.”
Rizzo is a former member of the Whitehall Police Department and is within 60 hours of recertifying as an officer.
Dickinsonsaid he brings a lot of knowledge of the village and the department.
In other news, the village announced that they were going to begin some new paving projects in the next several weeks.
Public Works superintendent Don Williams said crews are going to paveChaplan Avenue,Fern Street, NorthStreet,North East Streetand the Elbow.
It’s expected those streets will be dug up and resurfaced this fall with paving completed next fall.