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Police Chief Wants More Officers

Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen are beginning their budget process with a hole to fill and a request from police for more officers. The first draft of the budget shows expenses outpacing revenues by $188,000, and Mayor Mick Wisslead says capital requests have already been pared down through staff meetings. In addition, Police Chief Mike Galloway says he would like to increase the department's authorized size from 26 sworn officers to 28. Galloway says there is a transition of two to six officers every year so he doubts there will ever be 28 officers on staff. But he says the higher authorization will provide flexibility, reduce overtime, and allow the department to do more details. It would cost the city $95,200 in salaries and benefits to add two officers. The city's new fiscal year begins May 1.