Warrenton OKs purchase of new police car as new hires begin

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 12/4/23

The Warrenton Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of a new police car as the department prepares for seven new officers to begin working to control crime in the Missouri city.

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Warrenton OKs purchase of new police car as new hires begin


Warrenton aldermen approved purchasing a new police car for the department during its Nov. 21 meeting.

City Administrator Brandie Walters told aldermen that the city was under budget for police wages by about $64,000. She asked aldermen to make a budget adjustment so some of that money could be used for the new vehicle.

The cost of the vehicle and the outfitting would be about $58,000, Walters said. The car will be added to the current fleet. 

She also said it would take four to six weeks to get the new vehicle.

Aldermen approved the request 4-0. Aldermen Jack Crump and Steven Cullom were absent.

The new vehicle is needed because of additions to the Warrenton Police Department.

“They need police vehicles because we have a bunch of people in the process. Which is a good thing,” Director of Operations John Struckhoff said during the meeting. “Haven’t said that in probably the two years I’ve been doing this.”

Police Chief Larry Ellard said there are seven people in the process of joining the department. Two started Nov. 21. Ellard said an officer previously with the department has returned, and some officers are coming in as SROs.

“After this process is over, we should be flush,” Ellard said during the meeting.

During the meeting, aldermen also approved a change amending an ordinance regarding overtime, approved the final plats in both The Meadows at Walnut Hollow and Seger Farm Subdivision, and approved a boundary adjustment at a lot at 406 N. Highway 47.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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