Clanton City Council approves police personnel moves

Published 11:16 am Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clanton’s City Council on Monday passed resolutions related to police department personnel matters.

The council accepted the resignation of officer Larry Colburn, effective Nov. 25, and agreed to allow Police Chief Brian Stilwell to promote an officer to corporal to replace Colburn.

The council also accepted resignations from part-time officers Marc McMinn and Stephen Brock. Johnathan Benson and Britton Langston were approved as part-time replacements.

The council also discussed and approved Stilwell’s recommendation to require officers to have “moonlighting” insurance when they work extra jobs inside city limits in their capacity as Clanton Police officers but not technically on-duty.

For example, Walmart hires Clanton Police officers for extra security during Black Friday shopping, and renters of the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center adjacent to Jefferson State Community College often pay for security.

In those roles, the officers are acting as Clanton Police officers, with their normal arrest powers, but they are technically working for the third party and not on-duty for the police department.

Stilwell said there’s a legal gray area about who is insuring the officers and recommended Clanton officers have a $100,000 minimum liability coverage moonlighting policy.

Stilwell said a quote he has obtained is $188.60 per officer per year. The city would pay the premium, and then deduct the amount from the officers’ pay checks.

Council members expressed concern about not all officers having the insurance, only those who planned to work extra jobs. Councilmen Greg DeJarnett and Jeff Price said officers could take on jobs without Stilwell’s knowledge.

The council also discussed how to deduct the money for the premium out of paychecks. Mayor Billy Joe Driver said he didn’t think it would be wise to take a small amount out of each paycheck, since the city would have to pay the money up front, and an officer could leave the department without having fully reimbursed the city.

The council finally approved Stilwell’s recommendation, with the money to come out of the first two paychecks processed for officers after the premium is paid.

In other business, the council:

•Approved Driver’s recommendation that city offices be closed Dec. 25-27 for Christmas.

•Approved the transition of parks employee Casey Martin to the wastewater treatment plant.

•Approved the minutes from the Nov. 25 meeting. Councilwoman Mary Mell Smith abstained because she was absent from the meeting.