By Naomi Hatch
An updated Snowflake-Taylor Police Department policy and procedure manual was unanimously approved by the Snowflake Town Council last week.
Police Chief Jerry VanWinkle reported that for the past 13 months he has been working with Lexicol to change and update his department’s manual.
He reported that by working with this company, the policies and procedures will remain current and up to date with case law, which “is a big thing.”
“It’s a sound policy, something that I believe in, something that has been long overdue,” said the chief.
He also noted that Town Attorney Robert Hall reviewed the manual.
Mayor Kelly Willis asked Hall for his opinion on the manual.
Hall responded that he had read the table of contents and spot checked different parts of the policy, adding that they have a contract with a reputable company.
Next, Chief VanWinkle explained that the police department had budgeted $60,000 for new vehicles and after researching, went to bid for Ford Taurus police interceptor vehicles.
Show Low Ford submitted the low bid of $64,174. Other bids came from Chapman Ford and Defender Supply of Denton, Texas.
The chief noted that buying from the local company would make it easier and quicker for warranty and service work. The bid is $4,174 over the budgeted amount, but includes installation of emergency equipment, so some of those items can come from other line items in the budget.
The council unanimously approved a motion to purchase vehicles from Show Low Ford.
In other action Sept. 10, the council:
* Approved a request to appoint Amy Lieberman as a hearing officer for a human resources hearing.
The town attorney explained that the attorneys and the appellant reside in Maricopa County, so he proposed that the hearing be held there to save on travel costs. Hall said those involved are in agreement, and the town will transport witnesses from the police department to Maricopa County. “The idea is to keep the cost at a minimum and provide due process,” he said.
* Entered executive session to receive legal advice concerning an email from Jay Flake and Norman Flake regarding the floodplain.
Upon returning to regular session, the council asked staff to write a letter of response.
By Naomi Hatch