LAKE PLACID - The village is adding some experience to its pool of part-time police officers.
Trustees voted unanimously Monday to hire Sgt. Chris Delair on a part-time basis. Delair's retirement as a full-time police sergeant takes effect today.
Trustee Zay Curtis called Delair an "excellent officer."
"He's done a great job for us, and with the staffing that we've got now, we do need, from time to time, an extra officer or two," Curtis said.
The police department currently has 10 full-time and three part-time officers. Assistant Chief Bill Moore will be sworn in as the force's new chief next week, following the retirement of Scott Monroe at the end of August.
Mayor Craig Randall said the village needs to use part-time officers to keep costs down. He said Delair will work on an "as needed" basis.
"This is an effort on our part to build a pool of people that we can call on," he said, adding that Delair brings a full complement of certifications and plans to stay in the area.
Delair joins Peter Peck and Jim Dowie on the department's part-time force.
Randall said there is a maximum amount of hours those officers can log weekly, prompting village resident Dick Smith to ask trustees if there is a minimum number of hours required for police officers to maintain civil-servant status. Randall said he didn't believe that to be the case, but he promised to look into it.
According to Randall, either Peck or Dowie has indicated he may give up his part-time position by the end of the year, although the mayor declined to say which one.
"Frankly, I want to keep that part-time pool," Randall said. "We do have some other possibilities that may come up."