WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

July 14, 1993

Crofton committee to consider expanding police force to 7

A committee of residents and board members from the Crofton Civic Association will study over the next year a proposal to increase the number of police officers from five to seven.

Police Chief Deborah Bogush made the request during Monday night's board meeting and will pursue the issue with the six-member Public Safety Committee, headed by association member Jim Collett.

The committee also will study whether to allow officers to patrol with a motorcycle the community of 10,000 residents. One officer who owns a motorcycle has offered the service and the association plans to study liability and training.

Town Manager Barbara Swann said any request to add officers to the force -- which supplements county police protection in the JTC special tax district -- would have to come before July 1, 1994, to be included in the following year's budget.

The tax district spends nearly half of its $558,000 budget on the police force, which consists of four officers and the chief. A county report issued two years ago recommended that Crofton hire an additional officer because of community growth.

In other action Monday night, the board of directors chose James P. Overmier for the position of comptroller, vacated when Ms. Swann was hired as town manager last month.

Mr. Overmier, a Crofton resident, was between jobs. He had been working full time with the Air National Guard. He starts work today and will earn $25,257 in his first year.

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