New police station to open in mid-July
The Quincy Police Department has added a police administrative assistant to its office.
The new position was budgeted for this year. It will cost the department about $67,000 a year, which includes benefits, according to information from the city.
The administrative assistant will report to the police chief and handle such issues as budgeting, training, annual reports and accreditation.
A selection committee interviewed five candidates for the position. It recommended Eric Talbot, who at this time is the city’s animal control officer. Talbot also is a former detective with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and a longtime area resident.
Talbot begins his new position on May 1. Talbot’s acceptance of the job means there will be an in-house job search at the police department. Chief Bob Heimbach said he expects that position to now be a combination of both community service and animal control officer.
In other city police news, the new Quincy police station, currently under construction, now has an estimated opening date.
That date is July 21, said Ariel Belino, the city engineer.
The construction of a 9,340-square-foot police station is part of the city’s new Municipal Office Complex, which also will include renovations to city hall. The police station is the first of three phases in the $5.4 million project. And that first phase is about 70 percent completed, Belino said.
The Quincy City Council, at its regular Tuesday meeting, approved about $24,000 in change orders to the project. Total cost of change orders are at about $66,000, Belino said.
The project’s second phase includes remodeling of the city’s former library into a new administration building for city hall. That work will start this summer. The entire project will take about two years.
In other city business, the council also on Tuesday formally approved a $100,000 allocation to the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum. The money will be used in the group’s efforts to build a community heritage barn on the museum property.
The council will meet again at 6 p.m. on Thursday for its bi-annual planning retreat.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, email@example.com