Alto hiring 2 police officers, 6 months after furloughs

ALTO, TX (KTRE) - Six months after furloughing the department, the City of Alto is planning on putting its police force back in action in December.

Mayor Monty Collins said in a telephone interview Thursday that the city is taking applications for two police officers.

The city council elected to budget for three officers, but only hire two for now, in a meeting last week.

The council furloughed the five-member department in May, due to budget constraints.

Since that time, residents have criticized the move after several burglaries in the area with no police force overseeing the city.

Collins said any previous officers, including Chief Charles Barron, will have to re-apply for a spot on the force. He said he has not spoken with Barron about his future with Alto Police.

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