2018-01-10 / News

Donation purchases armored vests for police

BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com


Sandusky Police Chief Brett Lester displays one of the six armored vests and helmets for his department purchased with a citizen’s donation of $10,000. Sandusky Police Chief Brett Lester displays one of the six armored vests and helmets for his department purchased with a citizen’s donation of $10,000. Thanks to a generous resident, Sandusky police will be better protected when they protect citizens in violent situations.

Chief of Police Brett Lester informed city council last month of the $10,000 donation to his department by a local resident.

The donation was made last fall with no stipulation as to how it should be spent.

“Only what I thought would be necessary to better protect the community,” Lester told the News.

Shortly after Lester received the donation, the shooting massacre happened in Las Vegas, prompting him to invest the money in protective equipment for the police force.

The chief spent the money on six bullet proof outer vest protectors and helmets, and one bullet proof shield.

The body armor is strong enough to stop a rifle round, Lester noted.

This is not the first time the resident has made a monetary donation to the police department, but it’s the largest the person has made, the chief said.

The donor wants to remain anonymous, Lester said.

Asked what he thought about the contribution, Lester replied by quoting Sir Robert Peel, a 19th century British Prime Minister: “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

Lester added, “We can’t do our job without the support of citizens, financial support, emotional support and community support.”

In other business last week, city council appointed City Clerk Laurie Burns as city treasure following the resignation of Penny Tubbs, effective Jan. 5.

Although no time limit was put on the appointment, Tubbs’ elected term ends December 31, and the position will appear on the November general election ballot.

Councilwoman Ginny Bissett thought the city should immediately advertise the vacancy, however City Manager Dave Faber wanted to way, pointing out that employees are busy with tax season and there would be little time to train a new treasurer on the city’s new software system and changes in banking.

Council was in agreement with Faber, and appointed Burns on a unanimous vote.

Burns will be compensated for the increased workload based on the treasure’s salary of $16,831.

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