Poulsbo will hire evidence room clerk

POULSBO — Since 2010, the Poulsbo Police evidence room has seen a change in venue, software system, and personnel.

Mayor Becky Erickson and Police Chief Al Townsend said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting it was their top priority to hire a certified evidence room clerk as soon as possible.

After a discussion of funds, the City Council approved Townsend’s request to hire a clerk this year, which will cost about $9,000 for the rest of 2013.

The council will consider the position’s permanent funding during budget discussions which begin in earnest in September.

Townsend is aiming for an Oct. 1 start date, and the new clerk would train under IT manager Tim Treacher until spring 2014.

Ideally, Townsend said, the clerk would be hired as a full-time position in 2014.

“This is not a receptionist’s position,” Townsend told the council. The position is a high-liability, critical position for records management, he said.

The records-evidence clerical position had been reduced from a full-time position to half-time in 2011. Since then, operation and maintenance of the evidence room has been run by Treacher.

Townsend and Erickson want to return Treacher to his IT responsibilities and bring evidence room back under Townsend’s oversight.


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