Department hires police officer
The Oneonta Police Department has hired David Schulte as a police officer.
Schulte, an Oneonta High School graduate, started with the department in its Explorer program and previously worked as a part-time police dispatcher, Chief Dennis Nayor said.
Schulte, 21, was sworn in by Mayor Dick Miller on Monday. Earlier this month, the Common Council approved hiring Schulte effective March 6 at $37,000, the base salary for a police officer.
Nayor said Schulte will be a ``great addition to this department.’’
The Oneonta Police Department is authorized for 27 sworn police members, officials said, and hiring Schulte takes the department to full ranks.
Though four officers recently notified supervisors of possible developing career options, none had given notice as of Thursday, Lt. Douglas Brenner said.
The Oneonta Common Council last year cut a 28th police officer position from the city budget to save money, and a task force is studying department issues, including staffing levels.