County, Sauk approve contract for college resource officer
DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College is slated to have its own college resource officer come December through the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
The Lee County Board and Sauk Board both recently signed off on a 5-year contract for the college resource officer, whose duties will include patrolling the campus, creating school safety plans, training security officers as well as students and staff for events such as an active shooter situation, and, of course, enforcing laws and investigating threats.
Sauk is picking up the cost of salary, benefits, vehicle and equipment through its tort fund, which can go toward security expenses, and the officer will start work Dec. 1.
Sheriff John Simonton said Thursday that a group of people from the college and sheriff’s department will be interviewing candidates in about 3 weeks or so, and three deputies are interested in the position.
The department has hired a replacement deputy, who will soon start academy training.
Before the college resource officer starts, he or she will visit the campus and meet with staff to get better acclimated to the college, Simonton said.
The salary will likely start at $46,407 for the first year with an annual 2 percent increase bringing it to $58,196 by the fifth year, according to the contract – with benefits, the annual cost would be about $62,558 in the first year and $77,464 in the fifth.
Including benefits and vehicle and equipment costs, Sauk estimates spending about $107,000 in the first year.