Muncy hires new part-time police officer

Muncy borough council approved hiring a new part-time police officer at their Thursday night meeting.

David Williams, 24, will be paid $16 an hour for part-time police work.

Williams, who double majored in mathematics and child psychology in college, has worked for three years on police forces in Luzerne County.

Williams is certified by the Department of Transportation, which means that he can stop any vehicle without cause – he said he is one of “only 113 police officers in the state” with that designation.

Williams says he prides himself on his eye for knowing what a drug dealer’s vehicle looks like, and he expects to make three traffic stops per shift.

In other police business, council decided that if necessary repairs on a Dodge Charger cruiser cost less than $1,200, they will approve the work. If repairs cost more than that amount, council will take another look at their options.

Council also approved buying a new Ford F-550 diesel dump truck for $67,800, once they have sold the 2000 Chevrolet they currently use.

The old truck is rusted and undersized for the amount of salt needed to cover the whole borough during winter storms, Rich Gumpstead, of public works, said.

“No matter what, we have to load it again to do (all of Muncy ) at once,” he said.

It is expected the borough will receive somewhere between $12,000 and $15,000 for the old truck.

Borough council next meets 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Myers Elementary School.