At their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, the Clarkson city commissioners decided to increase the hours of two city employees to make them full-time employees.

The city commissioners entered into executive session to discuss the employment status of Clarkson Police Officer Rick Clemons and city sanitation worker Brad Harrison.

They chose to increase both Clemons' and Harrison's hours to that of full-time employees, up to 40 hours per week.

Harrison will receive insurance and retirement benefits, but Clemons, already having retirement benefits from previous employment, said he didn't want the benefits.

However, the commissioners and the city attorney, Tom Goff, believe that the city will still be obligated to pay the benefits for Clemons, due to his full-time status.

Their full-time status will officially begin on July 23, with a 90-day wait period for their benefits to begin.

In other business:

*The commissioners discussed the possibility of switching the Clarkson Fire Department's insurance to the county plan offered by Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson. The county plan would combine all of the fire departments in the county on the same insurance plans.

According to Fire Chief Andy Cain, the switch would save the fire department over $7,000 each year.

City Clerk Scotty Gore said he will continue to pay for their current coverage until a final decision has been made, in order to avoid a lapse in coverage.

*Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith has ordered two tactical vests for his department. The money for the vests will be reimbursed by a grant he applied for several months ago. He expects the money to be in by September.

*The city is currently looking into purchasing computers for the police cruisers. Chief Meredith is narrowing down his choices.