The announcement first came at last week’s city council meeting, when Alexander told the council the force had recently hired Chad Grace as a new patrolman.
That hire brought Cadiz Police to full force, which is nine officers, albeit only temporarily. The force is now facing vacancies that would leave it at 66 percent of full force.
Officer Dan Kostrzebski, who also served as the school resource officer for the school system, resigned on May 5 to work in the private sector. Kostrzebski has been on the force since August 2004.
Officer Rebecca Bleidt, who has been on the force since 1999, will resign on June 9 to work as a Park Ranger with the Kentucky State Parks System at Lake Barkley.
Alexander also said he is now anticipating a resignation from Matthew Riddle, who has taken over a Main Street garage. Riddle has been on the force since 1999, though he also left temporarily in September.
“I knew that were some things in the works,” Alexander said. Kostrzebski gave notice of his coming departure at the end of April and Bleidt submitted her letter of resignation on May 1, he said.
“All of them gave me a heads-up way back,” he said.
“We’re going to try to go back to full force as quickly as possible,” Alexander said. “It is a very, very busy time of year for us to be down three [officers].”
“Were talking about the tourist season, were talking about the summer season,” he said. Alexander said Kostrzebski would also be missed at the school.
With the end of the school year approaching, “Right now maybe we need him the most,” Alexander said, adding that other officers will randomly be in and out of the schools for now.
Because Grace is the second new hire of this year, Alexander said there is a large applicant pool already on hand, which includes one fully trained officer. However, the three vacancies cannot be filled immediately.
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