The city of Hailey put one more policeman on the payroll this week, thanks to federal economic stimulus money.
Patrolman Shane Manning joined the Police Department on Tuesday when he was sworn in by Assistant Chief of Police Dave Stellers.
Manning's addition to the force was made possible by grants associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The act included a $787 billion stimulus package to jumpstart the United States economy and create or save as many as 3.6 million jobs.
Manning's presence will take some pressure off a police department that was down an officer for the upcoming fiscal year, due to impacts of the recession on the city's budget.
Assistant Chief of Police Dave Stellars said Manning will train for the next 10 to 12 weeks and then join the other 14 officers in the department.
"He's just settling in," Stellars said. "Soon we will be back up to full staff."
Manning comes to Hailey from Pocatello, where he worked in security at Idaho State University. He trained at the Idaho State University Law Enforcement Program.
Nearly $200,000 was awarded by the federal government to the Hailey Police Department, allowing it to retain a position that was to be eliminated in the fiscal 2010 budget. The grant provides salary and benefits for Manning for three years, but requires that the department retain the position for the fourth year with internal funding.
Bellevue is also down one officer for the upcoming year due to a lack of revenue associated with the recession. The City Council voted this spring not to pursue a grant of its own to replace the missing officer.
"At the time, the City Council thought they couldn't afford the fourth year salary requirement," Marshal Ron Taylor said.
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