LPD and LFD unite to give back

Matt Lasley Reporter

October 22, 2013

The Leitchfield Police and Fire Departments announced during the Monday, October 22 Leitchfield City Council meeting their plans to collaborate on a new “Coffee with a Cop” program.

Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson addressed the Council about the program, which he said is often used in larger cities.

A start date has not yet been set, but Henderson said the program will give citizens the opportunity to meet and discuss any issues they may have with their local law enforcement and, possibly, firefighters, City Councilmembers, and other City officials in a casual setting.

Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser said local resident Willena Skees, who for the last decade has donated her time and money to prepare meals for the LFD, has been instrumental in bringing the LFD and LPD together.

Henderson said Skees volunteered to purchase coffee and donuts for the program, so it “won’t cost the City anything.”

In other business:

*Henderson said the LPD’s School Resource Officer Norman Chaffins recently received a $1,000 check from Walmart to go toward the LPD’s new “Shop with a Cop” program.

Henderson said the department needs to open a new account to accept donations for the program.

At Christmastime, Leitchfield police officers and other interested emergency responders will use the funds to take impoverished children to purchase clothes from local businesses, Henderson said.

The Council passed a motion to use a dormant City account for Shop with a Cop donations.

*The Council went into executive session to discuss Henderson’s recent dismissal of a Leitchfield police officer.

According to City Attorney Kenneth Smart, Henderson currently has a replacement in line, pending his or her passing a fitness test.

*Henderson said with the coming of Halloween, the LPD is taking a “zero-tolerance” policy on criminal mischief.

“You will be arrested or cited,” he said.

*The Council discussed the City’s Comcast office located in Southgate Mall.

According to Councilman William Dallas, for a couple of weeks recently, the office was open only one or two days per week.

This was as a result of the individual who ran the office’s transfer to an Elizabethtown Comcast location, and no one who was trained was available to cover the office, Dallas said.

During that time, a new employee received training from the Elizabethtown Comcast location, as well, Dallas said.

*Industrial Development Officer Dudley Cooper informed the Council that the City and County industries’ employment numbers for the previous quarter had been received.

Cooper said the local industries have been “steadily hiring,” and he encourages interested individuals to submit applications.

*Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason commended City employees for their work on the recent Embry Brothers Drive project.

City Public Works Director Sheila Puckett reported that the cost of paving Embry Brothers Drive and working for the Brandenburg Road railroad crossing totaled about $37,000.

*Schlosser reported to the Council that the LFD is currently seeking young people to join the department as firefighters.

The average age of a Leitchfield firefighter is 54 years old, Schlosser said.

Currently, the LFD has 18 applicants for new members, four of whom are women, Schlosser said.

If a woman is selected to join the LFD, she will become the first department’s first female firefighter, he said.

*Dallas said he had received questions from citizens regarding mosquito fogging in the City.

Puckett said the City’s mosquito fogging has finished for the season and will resume in the spring.