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Pembroke PD get boost
Collins Chief Bill
Chief Bill Collins
The Pembroke City County meeting was postponed from its original scheduled date of Jan. 9 due to the hospitalization of Mayor Judy Cook.
Cook had gone to the hospital for outpatient surgery and wound up with a staph infection that kept her in the hospital for just under two weeks.
At the meeting, the council voted Randall Butler as Pembroke Mayor Protem. He succeeds council member Johnny Miller.
Pembroke Police Chief Bill Collins was reappointed to his role.
“Naturally, I’m very excited to be reappointed as police chief,” said Collins. “But, even more than that, I’m excited that, this year, the Mayor and council have put more money in my budget. They also raised the officer salary. For those reasons, I feel that they have confidence in our department. We’ll repay it by having a higher level of training, a higher level of response and more programs to try and make the citizens of Pembroke safer.”
Collins reported that his officers have made seven felony drug busts already this year.
The qualifying fees were set for the 2007 city elections which are $144 fro Mayor and $72 for council member. The mayor and all five council members will be on the 2007 ballot.
Sam Davis was reappointed as the election superintendent for the 2007 city races while Betty Hill was reappointed as absentee ballot clerk.
The first reading was conducted to change the council meeting start time from 7:30 to 7 p.m. City Clerk Betty Hill stated that the second reading is required at the February meeting, and it is anticipated that the earlier start date will take effect beginning with the March council meeting.
The date of February meeting has been changed to Feb.8 at 7:30 p.m. as Hill will be out of town for a clerk training session.

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