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Safety Board approves hiring of new police officer

Mar. 12—ANDERSON — The Anderson Board of Public Safety has approved the hiring of a new police officer with one year experience with the Kokomo Police Department.

Devante J. Rivera, 31, was approved by the Safety Board on Monday bringing employment with the department to 104.

The police department has a budget for 110 officers.

Rivera, a member of the Army Reserve, said he decided to come to Anderson because of the better opportunities.

He has already completed training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

In other business, the board gave the owner of two properties at 1019 West Post Road and 606 E. 27th Street until Friday to clean-up the properties.

Todd Fisher, director of the Anderson Municipal Development Department, said the owner has to have all vehicles properly licensed and is allowed to have only one commercial vehicle on the property.

Fisher said he already has received a price from a contractor to clean-up the properties.

"The owner has been given a 10-day notice," he said. "They have to be cleaned up by noon Friday."

Fisher said that Drews Parts has provided plans to bring the former McLain's Military Museum building in the 2300 block of Crystal Street up to code.

The building is still considered unsafe, Fisher said, but permits will be issued to bring it up to code this week.

Kelly Drews said he will use the building for storage.

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