City council approves police appointments
During a brief meeting Monday night, the Tonganoxie City Council approved three appointments requested by Mayor Dave Taylor.
The council approved the appointment of Steve Apostle to replace Cecil Vinyard as municipal court bailiff; Larry Shepek as reserve police officer, who will assist with training of patrol officers; and Emmett Wetta as part-time officer. Shepek, who is director of security for the Kansas Speedway, is a local business owner.
"I think he will be a valuable asset to the police department," the mayor said.
Wetta previously had served as a reserve officer, but took a five-year leave. He will be paid $11 an hour.
Police Chief Kenny Carpenter had recommended the appointments to the mayor, and the council approved them on a 5-0 vote.
Also at the meeting, City Administrator Mike Yanez told council members that within a month new signs should be erected on the traffic lights on U.S. Highway 24-40 at Fourth Street directing motorists to downtown. The Kansas Department of Transportation has approved the signs, which will read "Fourth Street/Downtown," and will cost the city $371, Yanez said.