The city of Danielsville has a new police chief.
The city council voted 3-2 Aug. 8 to hire current Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Matt Pilkington for the full-time (42-hour) position at $16.50 per hour for a 120-day probationary period. Once he completes police chief certification training, his salary will increase to $17 per hour. Pilkington opted out of medical insurance coverage.
Councilman Ron Faust made the motion to hire Pilkington, with council member Janice Merk seconding it.
After the motion was made, a lengthy discussion followed prior to the vote. Council member Junne Temple spoke out against the measure, saying she had “grave concern” over hiring a police chief.
She said accounting figures from the city’s accountant, Capable Solutions, showed that the city is already $10,000 over budget on its 2011 public safety budget as of May 31.