Carson City police on better footing

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:25 pm on Monday, November 07, 2011

CARSON CITY — Carson City Administrator Mark Borden is pleased with the outcome of changes made to the city’s police department.
The department had three different chiefs in a four-month period last spring and summer.
Former Chief Jeff Hilliker was “relieved of his duties” and Officer Nick Barbour resigned in March.
Rod Schooley, the only full-time officer left, was promoted to sergeant in charge of law enforcement matters. Borden became the department’s top administrator.
However, Schooley left in July to take a new position in California.
Borden hired Bruce Partridge, a retired chief deputy from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, at the same day to become the Carson City Police Department’s new part-time chief.
The department since has grown its ranks to five part-time officers, including Partridge. Officer Justin Beck has returned from military duty and has one of the other positions.
Borden is pleased with Partridge’s work so far. Partridge was hired on an interim basis but Borden hopes to see him stay in Carson City “long term.”
“He’s a good one to manage the schedule and mentor the younger officers,” Borden said. “We’re glad to have him. It’s a very positive situation.”
Borden pointed out the department is patrolling more hours now with part-time officers than it did earlier this year with three full-time officers.
“We have more coverage hours than we’ve ever had with fewer dollars,” he said. “It really is a win-win.”
Five part-time officers including the chief. Most working for other agencies. couple in Sparta and Howard City. another is Kent County parks patrol officer. Officer Beck is back.
It’s going well with Chief Bruce Partridge.
“With chief Partridge at the helm it is.”
“He was hired on an interim basis. It’s worked out so well that I hope he stays long term.”

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