FROM THE NEWS-HERALD: Safety is No. 1 issue at City Council meeting

TAYLOR — Public safety was front and center at the City Council meeting Dec. 3.

Four new police officers were officially sworn in and Auxiliary Police Chief Ronald Vaughan received an award of appreciation.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi welcomed Steven Kish, Adam Leffew, Anthony Paredes and Jennifer Zucarro to the department, although a week earlier they had been sworn in during a private ceremony.

“This is my favorite part of my job,” Sclabassi said as she introduced the new officers.

Vaughan retired after serving 18 years with the auxiliary, beginning his career in 1995. During that time, he received 14 citations, including for community service, field training and officer of the month.

He was promoted to commander of operations in 2006 and accepted the appointment to auxiliary chief in 2010.

Sclabassi also welcomed new Auxiliary Police Chief Paul Beaven, who was named to replace Vaughan.

The Dearborn Heights resident is a 35-year AAA employee and is currently a security center coordinator.

In other action, the council approved:

•Purchasing 10 Tasers, holsters and magazines for $9,700.

•Accepting the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for the Down River Area Narcotics Organization task force for $10,900. It will expire Sept. 30.

•Accepting the First Step Services Training Officers and Prosecutors Grant Award for $28,189. It expires Sept. 30. The program encourages development and improvement of law enforcement and prosecution strategies addressing violent crimes against women.

•Purchasing eight Wilson Combat shotguns for $11,300.

One item in a non-public safety realm that was not approved was appointments for the Tax Increment Finance Authority board.

Mayor Rick Sollars suggested the council vote down the appointments because those involved — newcomers Jody Smith, Teri Fritz and Timothy Schramm and member Donna Coley-Andrews — were from the city’s former administration.

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