Council votes ayes in accord

Joe Horrocks gets sworn in by Mayor Mike Klakken after his appointment as a full-time Dillon Police Officer by the City Council last week, while his wife, Jennifer, and three children watch on. M.P. Regan photo

An appointment a year in the making, and a street-and-sidewalk project approved more than five years ago, won approval at last week’s Dillon City Council meeting.

With only five of eight Council members present and the city attorney and treasurer out of town, the meeting lasted less than a half hour but also still took time to celebrate the fourth consecutive year of Dillon being named a Tree City USA and to hear from a former mayor urging the Council to let him write the city a check to end a case that has already cost the city tens of thousands of dollars — and perhaps downed numerous trees to provide paper for its voluminous filings and counter filings.

Early in the meeting, the Council gave its 5-0 endorsement to the permanent appointment of Joe Horrocks to the Dillon Police Department.

“I like helping people — that’s the biggest reason I wanted to become a police officer and why I enjoy the job,” said Horrocks after gaining approval last May from the Council to begin his probationary year of work with the Dillon PD.

Horrocks’ hiring came with the recommendation of Dillon Police Chief Paul Craft, who included a letter of recommendation for Horrocks in the meeting’s packets.

“During his probationary period with the department, Officer Horrocks has demonstrated that he is very capable of receiving assignments and completing them with little or no supervision in a timely manner. Officer Horrocks has also demonstrated that he is capable of initiating contacts on the streets of Dillon, then dealing with them in a fair and impartial manner,” wrote Craft of Horrocks, an Idaho native who served eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army and a year in Dillon’s police reserves.

“I would like to take this opportunity to recommend that Officer Horrocks be appointed to a fulltime position with the Dillon Police Department.”

The Council concurred so enthusiastically it began to applaud Horrocks’ full-time appointment even before it had voted to approve it, a formality addressed by a 5-0 vote a few moments later, after Mayor Mike Klakken pointed out the oversight.

Accompanied to the meeting by his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Landon, Ashton and Alex, the 36-year-old Horrocks was sworn in by Klakken immediately after the vote.

Another 5-0 vote closed the latest chapter in one of Dillon City Council’s more curious sagas of recent years – and not-so-recent years  as the Council voted to approve the Bannack Street Crossing CTEP (Community Transportation Enhancement Program) Project.


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