Calera restructures police department

The Calera City Council has unanimously approved personnel restructuring at the Calera Police Department.

A sergeant’s and two captain’s positions were eliminated to create an officer and deputy chief of police position, which saves the department about $21,000, said Police Chief Sean Lemley. The restructuring is in response to the city’s budget constraints.

Lemley said the restructuring allows an additional person to patrol the city’s streets.

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Council members also authorized the police department to purchase two used patrol cars valued at $16,800. A $9,000 insurance claim and a $7,255 police training reimbursement will cover the majority of the cost.