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Bailey approves police raises, new part-time hire

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BAILEY — The town board voted Monday evening to give its police chief a pay raise and hire another part-time officer as part of Bailey’s budget for the new fiscal year. 

The town’s 2020-21 spending plan, which has no tax or rate increases, will give a 3% raise to the town’s only two full-time employees, both of whom are police officers. The town’s two part-time administrators will receive the same salary increase.

The board also hired Miguel Salazar as a part-time officer at $14 an hour. Salazar is a full-time member of the Nashville Police Department.

Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski said hiring Salazar is a great move that will allow 24/7 coverage for the town. Plus Salazar’s experience will allow him to hit the street running.

Boraski also touted Salazar as bilingual, a skill that’s looked for more and more in law enforcement.

Salazar is the second part-time officer Bailey’s brought on in the last week. Starlina Osborne was hired June 8. The new hires put Bailey at having two full-time officers and a total of five part-time officers.

Striking while the iron is hot, Boraski asked the board for an updated computer, saying the computer in his office runs the Windows 7 operating system.

“I’m in a bind with the computer,” Boraski said, adding that most of his work has to be done at home on his personal computer.

Prior to the vote, Bailey Chamber President Cecil Hawley urged the board to give Boraski a raise.

Boraski has upgraded the department’s radios, computers and body cameras, Hawley said.

“He’s community-orientated,” Hawley said. “He talks to everybody. Give him 15 or 20% and bring him up to everyone else. This guy deserves it.”

In other town business, the board decided to have its attorney read over a draft ordinance requiring an annual permit for food trucks at a cost of $25. The board said it expects to be able to vote on the ordinance at its July meeting.