Quitman PD positions remain vacant

By Larry Tucker
editor@wood.cm
Posted 4/22/21

The Quitman City Council discussed the police department and Chief John Farmer’s efforts to hire officers last Thursday.

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The Quitman City Council discussed the police department and Chief John Farmer’s efforts to hire officers last Thursday.

Since the departure of former Chief Kelly Cole, who is now Wood County sheriff, six former Quitman officers have taken positions with the county law enforcement agency, and Quitman Chief John Farmer has been working to continue hiring for the city department.

Farmer met with the council to discuss filling those open positions as he gave the department reports. “Right now there are five of us working and we are trying to fill positions we have open. We recently lost our SRO (school resource officer), Jim Rapp, who went to the sheriff’s office. I have our guys out there picking up the slack and they are working as the SRO until the end of the year,” Farmer said. “We will be cooperating with the Quitman ISD to pick a candidate who is the right fit for them as well as the department. This person works through the school year, and when summer comes along the officer helps out with our department. We are working hard to get things done. No one has complained, we are all working hard.”

In another matter the council discussed complaints about the Quitman Post Office, requesting state representatives to address concerns.

“We have heard from several citizens of the conditions and also packaging and different things not being delivered,” Mayor Randy Dunn said. “After our last council meeting I went over to look myself and I personally cleaned out the trashcan and had four big bags of trash. When I visited with her and talked about the trash I asked her what we can do as a city to help. We just want to help.”

In a discussion with Quitman Post Mistress Sunny Warden, Dunn said he told her the building looked like it had not been swept or mopped in quite some time. She responded that she couldn’t get people to offer bids for cleaning and maintenance. Dunn said Warden told him she had only received one bid but needed three to consider hiring someone or an agency for the position. However, she had done nothing to advertise the need other than word of mouth. The job has been posted since then.

The council approved writing to Congressman Lance Gooden to address the concerns with the Quitman Post Office.

In other business, the council unanimously approved action for Quitman Development Corporation to share space in the city hall annex with the Quitman Chamber of Commerce. When the new executive director of the Quitman Chamber is hired, they will share the office. 

The council tabled action on appointing people to the Parks and Recreation Board.

“I have not been able to reach anyone to serve on the board. I have several others I want to contact to bring to the council,” Dunn noted.