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Spring Valley Village Board board: Hiring a new full-time police officer

Spring Valley Village Board's Jan. 2 meeting discussed interview dates for a full-time police officer, approving an insurance claim over a long-running former village employee gas theft situation and others.

The board's next meeting is Jan. 30.

Full-time police officer interviews

The Spring Valley Village Board plans to interview three police officer applicants out of six total, said Village Clerk Luann Emerson. In previous years the board filled its department with its chief and two part-timers, but in the 2019 budget, they elected to switch the part-time officers to a full-time officer.

"[Hiring part-time officers] is not a good use of resources for us," Emerson said. "Officers want a career out of it."

The board's emergency service committee will interview the three candidates this week, and move two on to the full village board to be interviewed from the 14th to the 18th, she said.

Public works director search

The village is aiming to hire a new public works director by February, Emerson said.

The board had received six applications by Jan. 3, and the deadline to apply is Jan. 10.

"The interest has been very good, she said.

The previous director Tim Howe's last day was Dec. 31, she said.

Employee gas theft insurance claim

The village board formally filed an insurance claim for the cost of missing gas from former village police officer Robby Jaeger.

Jaeger had stolen over $8,000 worth of gas with a village gas card since he left the department in 2012, until August 2017. He pled guilty on Aug. 2, 2018, and was ordered to pay the village back the value of the gas and legal fees, Emerson said.

The insurance claim will return the funds to the village immediately and Jaeger will then pay the insurance company, she said.

Jaeger had last worked as a Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy in 2017 but was let go on Aug. 24, 2017, without reason given. In September of that year, he faced criminal charges stemming from the theft.

Jaeger had originally offered to pay back the full amount to avoid embarrassing his family and his employers, but the village board elected to pursue criminal charges, according to a Herald Dec. 22, 2017 article.