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Police turnover remains an issue for city

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Salaries, staffing could be factors

By Stephen Lega

In his last report to the Lebanon City Council, Police Chief Joe Bell noted that Officer Reece Riley had resigned as of July 30. Riley may be the latest officer to leave the department, but he likely won't be the last, based on the department's history.

"This has been a problem for 10 years," Councilman Bill Pickerill said during that Aug. 9 council meeting. "We keep losing officers. What can we do to keep them here?"

"If you ask any officer," Bell replied, "it would be money."

And there is the rub.


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