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Candia debates whether to hire new police officer
"It didn't go as well as I planned," said McGillen. "I'm at a bit of a loss because I was right there last year, with a room full of people, and the message was loud and clear from residents. They wanted that extra police position. They wanted it filled."
Kelley specifically pointed to rising insurance rates and retirement costs as primary reasons to avoid hiring another full-time employee. The town contributes an additional 25.3 percent of an officer's gross salary toward retirement.
A younger officer with a lower salary would cost the town less in retirement costs, however part-time officers could collectively fill the same hours without the markup for benefits, said Kelley.
"It's great to have that part-time coverage, but in terms of using them to replace a full-time officer, you just don't get the same level of service," he said. email@example.com
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