Rankin down to one part-time police officer

RANKIN — For the time being, the village will make due with one part-time police officer, Village Board President Aaron Warren said.

The village board discussed the recent resignation of Rankin’s part-time police chief, Robert Yates, at Thursday’s meeting. Yates resigned after accepting a position with the Paxton Police Department.

Warren said the board will wait to decide whether to fill the police chief’s job. In the meantime, the village will look to give more working hours to the only officer still employed by the village, Robert King.

“He’s not going to do the full 32 (hours) that Robert was doing, but he’s going to pick up some hours here and there,” Warren said.

Warren said the village will place an advertisement in a local newspaper seeking candidates to be the town’s second part-time officer.

In a related matter at Thursday’s meeting, the board approved a state-mandated ordinance that outlines the hiring rules and regulations and the educational requirements of part-time officers employed by the village.

Also at the meeting:

— The board agreed to accept the donation of a property at 308 N. Iroquois St. to the village. The residential property was donated by Wells Fargo, a mortgage company that acquired the lot. Wells Fargo will be responsible for all unpaid utility bills for the property to date, as well as closing costs for the transfer of the property to the village. Warren said he expects the village will tear down the home on the lot due to its condition.

— The board denied a resident’s request to be refunded a $25 fee she received following the shutoff of her water service.

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