Aldermen hike police pay
The Wesson Board of Aldermen has jacked up the pay of the town's police officers.
Base pay of full time officers is now $35,000 -- a $2,500 raise -- and the Assistant Police Chief's salary will go up $2,000 to $37,000 with Chief's pay remaining at $40,000.
In other actions, the Aldermen:
Accepted resignations of Keith McElvin, a full-time police officer, and Chad O'Quinn, the former Police Chief, who returned to serve temporarily as an officer; and terminated Brandon Williams as an officer.
Decided to continue its contract with Copiah County to handle garbage collection and address communication issues with county officials rather than negotiate the town's own contract.
Approved a low-speed vehicle ordinance based on state law that will regulate golf carts on town streets. The ordinance requires a one-time $25 ownership fee, police inspections of vehicles for properly working headlights, taillights, mirrors, among other things; and drivers to be licensed.