Wyoming City Council hired an administrative assistant last week for a vacancy in the public safety department. The former staff member, Robb Linwood, moved into city hall as assistant city administrator. Council heard Jeanine Rabe has 17 years of experience in the criminal justice system and brings well developed skills related to law enforcement needs, so she was recommended to start at $21.32 an hour. Council was told 80 people applied for police admin assistant.
Public Safety Director and Chief of Police Paul Hoppe said her starting wage is more than the usual entry scale, but she will require minimal training and she knows the justice system. The hire was adopted unanimously along with other consent agenda items. Council member Roger Elmore was absent. Chief Hoppe also submitted a 2012 criminal activity report that shows “serious” crime is declining but calls for service have gone up from 5,103 in 2012 to 6,299 for 2013 year-to- date. Calls for service can include lost & found reports, check on suspicious activity, look into welfare of someone, alarms, etc.
The Wyoming Fire Relief Association has adopted Stagecoach Days as its responsibility, and the association also now benefits from proceeds. The council approved a variety of actions allowing the firefighters to sell liquor at The Cornerstone on Sept. 14 and 15 during the city celebration; to have a raffle off-site September 14 (meaning not at the fire hall) and to authorize accepting donations for Stagecoach Days into the association’s bank account. Public Works Supervisor Jason Windingstad reported the annual volunteer park clean-up expanded somewhat this year. With 28 youth reporting to help out, from Maranatha Church, he had enough helpers to do Swenson Park and send youth to help a nearby home owner who wasn’t able to keep up with yardwork. Windingstad said he’s been coordinating a volunteer city park cleanup for a couple years now and the idea has turned into a “very productive day.”