To address the problem, Ayers is asking for $352,662 to hire 10 part-time “senior” police officers – retired officers who still want to work. The department also has expanded recruiting efforts and recently switched to 12-hour shifts to juggle manpower.
He also encouraged anyone interested – including minorities – to apply.
“Our recruiting slogan is, `Make a difference. Be the difference,’” Ayers said. “To help us reflect our community diversity, you have to be part of it.”