BY CALEB ALEXANDER
New Baden Village Trustee Randy Linthicum has cast a vote against a recommendation from Police Chief Chuck Mackin, this time about the hiring of a temporary fulltime officer.
There is a fulltime officer on an extended leave of absence so the chief asked the board to approve the hiring of Michael McKinney to work for filling that void. Mike McKinney is already a part-time officer with the New Baden Police and also the Marissa Police.
The village board had a closed session to talk about this before voting on it in public. Linthicum and Tom Kuhn both voted no against a Memorandum of Understanding between the village and the police union about the temporary full time job for McKinney.
Chief Mackin said McKinney passed a background check and seems to be a good guy who works hard. He does his job when he is out stopping cars and driving around patrolling the streets. The only thing needed would be for him to pass a psychological test which the chief said would not be a problem.
McKinney also completed academy training for part-time police work. He has now been working part-time in New Baden for a few months. The chief said that after a year, McKinney would need to have more academy training if he is still needed for full time duty.
When the village board came out of its closed session for a vote none of the trustees made any comments other than their yes or no.
Linthicum voted last year against buying a back-up vehicle for the police department when it was requested so they could have it available if another one breaks down. He said he did not think it was necessary to spend money on a police car that would be sitting around unused until it was needed.
In September 2019 he voted no on the hiring of a new full-time officer, David Jordan. He said he had nothing personal against David but was voting no because of the money involved in paying for the position.