Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Oak Creek officials held a Friday night work session to discuss the Oak Creek Police Department, touching on issues such as work schedules for the town's police chief and officer.
Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said she decided to hold the meeting and that she posted notice of the meeting 48 hours before. Several town trustees, the town clerk, Rodeman and the police chief and officer attended.
"It was me just checking in, wanting to know if everybody's getting along, what everybody's goals are," Rodeman said.
Oak Creek Police Chief Guytano Farnan, who previously worked as a police officer in Norfolk, Va., took the Oak Creek position in December after receiving his certification from the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. Officer Linda Koile began working for the department as a full-time officer in August after finishing her certification.
During the meeting, it was decided that Farnan and Koile would work alternating shifts of four days on, three days off, then three days on followed by two days off, Farnan said. On a working day, the person on duty would work in uniform for eight to 10 hours, then would be on call for the rest of the time.
Because the work is split between two police officers, Farnan said it's important to give each time to recharge between shifts. To have an officer on duty around the clock would require a five-person police force, which is not possible in Oak Creek, Rodeman said.
At the meeting, it was decided that Koile would serve as the school resource officer and would take the lead in cases involving check fraud, nuisances and code enforcement. Farnan will take the lead in all other matters, Rodeman said.
Rodeman stressed that she did not think the meeting was too noteworthy, but merely an effort to find out whether there were any differences or issues within the police department. She said she was not aware of any complaints about the department, but she thought the chief and officer may have different strengths in policing.
"I really, truly believe that any concerns that either may have had with the other were worked out," Rodeman said.
The town has started parking a police car at the entrance of town to keep traffic slow, Rodeman said, and also because Farnan is not yet radar certified for Colorado, though he said he has had such certification in his previous jobs in Virginia. Koile is radar certified.