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School officer, police cars donation OK'd by Marion council

 
By Curtis Winston
Contributing writer
updated: 8/10/2022 9:37 PM

The Marion City Council on Monday night approved the hiring of a school security officer and the donation of decommissioned police cars to a training program.

The hiring of Larry Fones was approved in a 5-0 vote by the council, with Mayor Mike Absher and commissioners Doug Patton, John M. Barwick Jr., Jim Webb and John Stoecklin present.

Police Chief David Fitts said Fones is a soon-to-retire federal prison officer and would start working at Marion Unit 2 schools in October.

Also in a 5-0 vote, the council approved the donation of two decommissioned police cars to the newly reconstituted emergency vehicle operations training program at SIU.

Chief Fitts said the cars were not reliable enough for daily service, but that they had enough life left in them to serve for training purposes.

He said the training program at SIU has resumed after being discontinued some years ago. It is administered through the university and Mobile Team Unit 15 of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.