BANGS - Troy Grusendorf left Bangs City Hall Tuesday night with a title to go along with the job he has been doing for about three months: chief of police.
Bangs City Council members unanimously voted to name Grusendorf, 42, as chief of the three-man Bangs Police Department. Grusendorf had been serving as "officer in charge" since shortly after the the termination of former Chief Butch Lawson. Officer in charge was the same as interim chief, City Administrator Leo Smith said.
Grusendorf, who has been with the Bangs Police Department since June 2010, will earn about $42,000 a year as chief, Smith said.
The department's other two officers - Perry Kelley and Garrett Chance, who were hired within the past few weeks, joined Grusendorf briefly at a podium that faces seated council members.
Grusendorf said he intends to have a proactive department and have aggressive narcotics interdiction. Bangs residents deserve to have a police department and police administration that cares about them, Grusendorf said.
Everyone in the department lives in Bangs, which has cut down on fuel used in the patrol cars since officers are no longer traveling out of town when they take their patrol cars home, Grusendorf said.
In other business Tuesday, the council:
• Approved a project to use effluent wastewater from the city's wastewater treatment plant to irrigate the city's baseball field as a water-saving measure, and the purchase of a radio-read meter system. The approval is contingent upon the city's success in obtaining a grant to pay for at least 90 percent of the $435,000 cost of the effluent water project and the purchase of the radio-read meter system.
• Gave the city administrator the authority to hire and fire department heads subject to the mayor's approval.
• Approved realigning the city's organization chart to move the office clerk and utility/court clerk positions from under the Water Department to under the city administrator.
• Awarded a bid to IESE for trash service. IESE is the city's current trash provider.
• Re-approved the purchase of video cameras and radar detection units for patrol cars at a cost of about $16,000.
• Heard Grusendorf report that he negotiated the sale of an old video camera to another agency for $1,500.