MIDDLETOWN – Town resident Yancey Sine spoke to Town Council members Tuesday about why he felt the town needed to hire another police officer.
“I appreciate what our officers do, but can you get another officer so there is one on duty 24 hours a day?” Sine asked during the council meeting.
He told council members about how he and some of his neighbors have had items stolen from their vehicles. If something happens when a Middletown officer is not working, he said a deputy from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has to respond.
Two Warren County teenagers who may be involved in the vehicle thefts have been arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase, Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. said after the meeting.
Town officials have already budgeted for a new officer. Benedict has previously said he has interviewed a couple of candidates. He noted that he hopes to hire a candidate soon.
The department is staffed by Benedict, Detective Steve Goldizen, two officers and an administrative employee.
In other matters, the Town Council:
• Approved updates to portions of wording used in different articles in the town code to bring them up to date and in line with the wording used by the state.
• Delayed a vote to approve the revised bylaws of the Planning Commission after technical problems delayed delivery of the bylaws to council members for review.
• Members entered into an executive session, with the town attorney present, to discuss a personnel issue regarding a town employee.
• Mayor Charles Harbaugh reminded everyone that the Middletown Christmas parade is at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.