Meeting Minutes

September Special Call 2023 Minutes

Minutes Special Call Meeting, September 26, 2023.

The City of Dover in Pope County, State of Arkansas, met in Special Call session September 26, 2023, at the Dover City Hall. The following were present:  Mayor Lee presiding and the following Council members:  Russell Warhurst, Chris Walker, Carl Wetzel, and Brent Hottinger.

Absent:  Attorney Luker.

Absent: Connie Ragsdale and Fred Standridge.

Prayer:  Brent Hottinger.

Pledge of Allegiance: Mayor Lee.

Mayor Lee called the meeting to discuss police pay increase.  He presented information on comparative pay schedules from other cities in the area. He was requesting a pay increase to help the city attract new hires.  The city needs to be able to compete with other agencies for more qualified officers for a strong cohesive team while having incentives to keep the officers we have.  Council members discussed all aspects of the budget for Officers and SRO Officers.  The council agreed that we need to retain good officers while budgeting for new hires.  Mayor said we have a good team and would like to continue to build on it.

Alderman Wetzel made a motion to accept Mayor’s suggested pay increase for the police department.  Alderman Hottinger 2nd.  Yeas:4. Nays:0.  Motion Carried.

Alderman Walker made a motion to adjourn.  Alderman Warhurst 2nd.  Yays:4.  Nays:0.  Meeting Adjourned.