LYNWOOD | Village President Eugene Williams said the hiring of seven new people for the Police and Fire departments brings the public safety agencies up to full staffing.
The Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0, with Trustee Bill Lebeter absent, in favor of seven hires. Williams said following the Village Board meeting that the large number of hires should fill out the Police and Fire departments.
“We should be up to full staff,” Williams said. The hires were all done Tuesday with minimal discussion by the Village Board.
New full-time police officer Luke Tambrini previously worked with the Hobart Police Department. Another new hire, Alfonso Mejia will serve as a part-time police officer. Although their hiring was approved Tuesday, both officially went on the payroll Monday.
Two other hires are for part-time police telecommunications officers — Kelly Hurst and Laurel Clark — who will begin Feb. 25.
The other three new hires — James Gaffney, James Beauchamp and Dana McDonald — are paid-on-call firefighters. All started work Tuesday.
In other business, the Village Board approved a pair of measures that are meant to ensure an existing tavern in Lynwood is operating within the law.
Trustees voted 5-0 to issue a Class J liquor license to Kathryn Malee, who operates T’s Bar & Grille, 21916 Lincoln Highway. The license took effect immediately. Trustees also approved changes to village ordinances that dictate the number of liquor licenses that can exist in Lynwood to accommodate the tavern.
Williams said that when the site of the bar was incorporated into Lynwood, a proper license was never issued by the village. He said the Village Board’s action on Tuesday was meant to ensure that a document exists for the tavern.
“We’re issuing a license to back up what is there because we can’t find a record of when a license was issued,” Williams said, adding that the changes to municipal ordinances will not increase the number of taverns and liquor stores already in Lynwood.
“This does not create more businesses or more liquor sales,” he said.