Lamar Receives Donation for Third K9 Patrol Dog

 Nero, Part of the Current K9 Team with LPD

Nero, Part of the Current K9 Team with LPD

Funding for a third K9 dog has been provided to the City of Lamar through a VALE Board donation.  The city has usually had two dogs in service for the successful program, according to Lamar Police Chief, Gary McCrea.  The two original dogs, Joey and Wiley were retired from service, and two new dogs, Nero and Dante are on active patrol duty with their partners, Sgt Sherrill and Officer Pierce.   Over the years, drug and currency seizures by the K9 dogs have helped finance new K9 units as well as training for their handlers.  The VALE Board, at the request of the police department,  recently decided to donate $10,000 for a third K9 member which will help cover all three daily shifts and reduce the work load of the current two dogs.  The training process can take several months to acclimate the handler and the dog to each other before they begin an active patrol.  VALE Board President, Joe Giadone, told the council, the board believed the donation will be well-spent, in light of the past performance of the K9 patrol units.  The council approved the purchase for the police department.

Due to the approaching retirement of Judy Douglass as the manager of the Lamar Welcome Center on June 30, the state advertised for her replacement and interviews were conducted among the four applicants.  Mrs. Leslie Stagner has been selected as the new Lamar Welcome Center Manager.  The initial one month contract, June 2 through June 30, 2014, will be renewable on the state’s continued funding of the Center for the state fiscal year which runs July through June.  Douglass will end her 14 year career with the Welcome Center on June 30th.

City Administrator, John Sutherland, reminded the council about the approaching American Legion that Lamar will host, June 19-22.  Several hundred guests are expected to be on hand for the convention next weekend.  The annual Bike to Work day will be held, Wednesday, June 25, from 7am to 8am at the Lamar Community Building.  A free breakfast will be provided and riders will receive a free tee shirt.  Sutherland also noted that the city’s street improvement project is underway on South First and South Seventh Streets as well as the Memorial Drive project which got underway Tuesday, June 10.

By Russ Baldwin


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