The Metrowest Daily News reports Selectmen last night decided to defer the decision on whether to add a lieutenant to the ranks of the Southborough Police Department because some details around the job description still need to be worked out with the Personnel Board.
They also discussed the “misconception” that the position would increase the department’s budget:
Pine Cone Lane resident Edward Allen, who attended last night’s session, voiced concern that the town’s budget woes should be considered before spending extra money.
“We haven’t turned into a crime factory that requires additional staff,” he said. “In previous years we haven’t had a lieutenant for administrative duty and, given our town’s money problems, now is not a proper time to do it.”
[Police Chief Jane Moran] said the increased cost is a misconception.
“The difference in salary is not that much more,” she said. “This has all been vetted by the Personnel Board.”
[Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf] said the fiscal 2011 police budget presented by Moran and approved by selectmen factors in the costs associated with adding a lieutenant position.
You can read all the details in the Metrowest Daily News. Selectmen will consider the issue again at their meeting next week.