INDIAN SHORES – A half dozen Indian Shores police officers received awards and promotions at the Dec. 10 town hall meeting as a precursor to Chief E.D. Williams’ forthcoming retirement. The town is gearing up for when Williams’ retires on March 24 with some advance shuffling of positions within the town’s police department.
The town, having extended Williams’ contract to Sept. 30, did so as a cost saving measure to use up Williams’ vacation and sick leave rather than award a lump-sum buy-out. Williams is slated to give his formal retirement notice on Jan. 2.
As part of the police department reorganization, Major Terry Hughes was promoted to take on the day-to-day police operation and administration in Williams’ place. Also promoted were: Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Rawson to the rank of captain, Officer J.D. Tindall to detective in the Criminal Investigation Division, and Officers Shaun Griffin and John Wiseman to master patrol officers.
Also during the presentations, Officer Paul Hayes received a plaque in recognition of 20 years of service. All presentations were made by Mayor Jim Lawrence, Williams and Hughes.
Trio of candidates qualify
Three candidates have qualified to run for the two town councilor positions that will open in March when Councilors Carole Irelan and Steve Sutch retire.
The three candidates who qualified are Diantha Schear, Michael Petruccelli and Pat Soranno. Since there are no districts in Indian Shores, the two candidates receiving the most votes during the municipal election will be selected to fill the two positions.
Holiday pay rectified, approved
Holiday pay of $150 for employees and $75 for reserve officers was approved by the town retroactively. The approval was to rectify the error in holiday pay of $125 for employees incorrectly noted at the November Town Council meeting.
Town approves Madeira triathlon
The town approved the request from Florida Race Place Promotions to allow competitors to bike south on Gulf Boulevard from Park Boulevard for the 29th annual Madeira Beach Triathlon scheduled to take place June 1. Indian Shores will be impacted by the race from approximately 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. while the race is headed toward Archibald Park.
According to Kim Vaughan of Florida Race Place Promotions, preliminary approval for the race has been granted by the city of Madeira Beach. Redington Shores, Redington Beach and North Redington Beach will also be contacted.
Additionally, the Indian Shores Police Department, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Pinellas County will be involved “to ensure the safety of the competitors, spectators and pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”
Vice Mayor Bill Smith agreed provisionally to the race. “Subject to the bridge being open,” said Smith.