SALINEVILLE - The Salineville Police Department may soon add another officer to its roster.
Police Chief Terry McElroy said he was set to interview two candidates on Monday, but only one showed up.
"We're looking for experience," he said. "Someone who has worked the roads before."
McElroy said the department is allowed to have up to five officers, but that the department isn't hiring five just yet, and that it is sticking with three.
"We had a person, but he resigned. So, we're just replacing him," McElroy said.
Mayor Mary Smith said the qualities she looks for in an officer are professionalism and training, and that she "never wants to hire an officer just to hire them."
"We want good, professional officers," she said, noting that the village contacts previous employers and does background checks.
McElroy said all of the officers work part-time at 24 hours per week and that they handle a wide variety of police tasks. The open position pays $11 per hour.
McElroy said the benefit of hiring an additional officer is that it would provide additional coverage for the village, and enable officers to be available each day of the week.
Smith said that even after the officer is hired he or she will go through training in town, and that the person will ride with the other officers and the chief.