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The Board of County Commissioners this week approved a salary increase for all police officers regularly appointed on the permanent roll, under the terms of House Bill No. 405, passed at the recent session of the Legislature. The Commissioners’ order provides that all permanent members of the Montgomery County police force be paid the maximum salary authorized in Section 782 of House Bill No. 405, and that such salary shall be paid as of the effective date named in the bill, as of January 1, 1943, according to each officer’s rank and grade.
It was also ordered by the Commissioners that the emergency policemen appointed under Chapter 251 of the Acts of the General Assembly of 1941 be paid an additional $25 per month for each officer as of January 1, 1943, and that all emergency policemen appointed subsequent to January 1, 1943, shall receive the additional pay of $25 per month in addition to their regular salaries effective as of the date of their appointment. These increases are to continue in effect until further order of the Commissioners.
At the request of W. C. DeGroot, Emergency Transportation Officer, the Commissioners authorized use of school busses for the benefit of the citizens of Montgomery County to aid the war effort, and for any other emergency use to promote the general welfare and benefits of the county.
Installation of a separate fire control center for Montgomery county Civilian Defense was authorized by the Commissioners. This fire control center will be separate from the Defense Corps Control Center, but will be connected by tie lines. Under the new arrangements the chief of the auxiliary fire service will be at the fire control center and a deputy will take his place at the county control center. The county fire departments may also use the fire control board in non-civilian defense work as well, according to Judge Albert E. Brault, county civilian defense director. Under the present plan the installation will cost $40 per month instead of the $25,000 which a full fire control station would cost to install.
The Commissioners received a number of complaints from residents of the county, protesting the compulsory administration of diphtheria antitoxin to school children, after the Board passed an ordinance making this compulsory. The Commissioners directed the Clerk to the Board to forward copies of the complaints to Doctors Broome and Ellicott, requesting them to submit or express their views in this matter.