Sat. 10 pm: Warren struggles to hire officers

WARREN – When city leaders convinced voters to pass a five-year, half-percent income tax increase in 2016, a selling point was it would allow the police department to grow to 70 officers.

At the time, the city had 57 officers. Today, more than a year and a half later, there are 63 officers.

Eleven new officers have been hired since Jan. 1, 2017, which was the first time the city could hire using projected revenues from the tax increase. However, seven veteran officers have left the city in that same time period, either through retirement, a new job or being fired in one case.

City officials have reviewed applications of potential candidates who passed two civil service examinations and are expecting to begin processing candidates that successfully pass the scheduled Friday examination.

“The fact we have not hired enough officers is through no fault of our own,” Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said. “We want to find good candidates.”

It has been more difficult than anyone expected.

Find out why in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.