Fairmont City Council held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance on Tuesday night to provide for an increase in a one-time monetary incentive for recruitment of newly hired probationary officers with an active valid law enforcement certification.
Fairmont Police Chief Steven Shine stated that the passage of the one-time $5,000 certification pay gives officers an incentive to join the Fairmont Police Department. The prior incentive was $3,000 for newly hired officers.
Anyone looking to join will have to be law enforcement certified officers within the state. Currently, the Fairmont Police Department has five open positions for officers.
“It allows us to give them $5,000 contribution towards coming to work for us and offset that first year’s wages and any moving expenses, or anything like that they might have, and come to work for us,” said Shine.
Also, council adopted an ordinance for testing and evaluation rules and regulations between the Police Civil Service Commission and the City of Fairmont. It was agreed upon between the police department and the commission that there be an incentive for officers who remain physically fit through their career with the addition of promotion points.