Randall increase number of water patrol officers for 2016 season


The Randall Water Patrol will have more officers on the water this summer after recent action by the Town Board.

The board approved the hiring of seven new officers at its May 26 meeting. Those seven will join three officers remaining from last year’s force for a total of 10. Last year, the patrol had seven officers.

The town will be able to pay the additional officers from about the same budgeted amount because some of the officers who left were being paid close to $30 per hour due to their experience and position while the new hires will be paid $19 per hour, said water patrol Chief Tom Huffhine.

“We didn’t hire any cowboys and these people will be trained to meet our expectations,” Huffhine said.

The additional personnel should mean no one person has to work excessive hours and the patrol can have a greater — and less predictable — presence on Powers Lake and Lake Benedict.

“Our hope is throw them off balance this year … so they don’t know when we are going to be out there,” Huffhine said.

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  1. Jeff S says:

    The cost of pimping out our lakes. Their cowboys are now your cowboys.

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