JOHN Wischmeyer has asked for hearing on his dismissal as Camp Verde marshal.
The council acts as personnel board on these types of matters.
Wischmeyer was let go earlier this year and, even though it appears he is seeking reinstatement, the town moves forward with its search for a new marshal. The town's "interview team" is scheduled to meet with five or six final candidates this week, June 24-25. According to Town Manager Bill Lee, they hope to have someone hired by July 1.
In spite of being without a permanent marshal since February, it's business as usual at the marshal's office. In a recent power point presentation to the council, Lee indicated a "busy" year for the local law enforcement agency.
Lee reported the following figures for the CVMO for 2003-04 provided by Acting Marshal Ralph O'Donnal:
• 7,541 calls
• 2,086 traffic offenses
• 309 thefts
• 536 citizens assists
• 203 domestic violence calls
• 274 traffic accidents
• 666 animal problems
• Numerous others, including rapes and serious assaults. (There was no explanation what this line means; O'Donnal could not be reached for comment because he was on vacation).
There were a rash of burglaries in the downtown area, which included a safe that was stolen from the Town Parks and Recreation Office. After the arrest of two young men who were living in the downtown area, the rash of burglaries ceased, Lee reported.
Lee also indicated that there has been a high turnover in CVMO personnel. Two deputies, one detective and one dispatcher resigned. One officer, Jake Teague, was recently killed in an automobile accident. Two new deputies were hired but the department, according to Lee, is still short three deputy positions and one dispatcher.
New to the department . . .
• 18 Tazer, non lethal; stun guns
• 25 new Mossberg tactical 12 gauge shotguns
• 4000 rounds of shotgun ammo
• Front-end loader
• Heavy-duty chemical suits
• 2000 Impala Sedan (for detectives)
• Two new 2004 Fort Crown Victoria patrol cars
• Canine drug dog, named "Jake"
The CVMO has met other police departments in the Verde Valley to discuss the merits of a regional dispatch center. This regional center would provide dispatching services for all police agencies in the Verde Valley using one facility with a cost savings to all.
Camp Verde's recent Master Plan for a new Town Hall Complex includes the regional dispatch unit in downtown Camp Verde. Lee has indicated the town's desire to have the regional dispatch unit housed in Camp Verde. Sedona is also researching the idea, he said.