Police to use volunteers in office

HIGHLAND BEACH — Town commissioners decided using a free volunteer instead of a paid administrative assistant was OK in the Police Department but not in the Town Hall lobby.

Chief Craig Hartmann assured them other towns use volunteers as a receptionist and first point of contact for residents seeking police help.

“They become the best ambassadors for your department,” he said.

Plus the town would save up to $75,000 a year in salary and benefits by not hiring a permanent employee, he said.

But commissioners insisted nothing but paid help would do in the lobby.

“Put a part-timer in there and let him or her be seen,” said Commissioner Doris Trinley, who served as town clerk for 16 years.
— Steve Plunkett
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