HOLCOMB — The Holcomb City Council met Wednesday to review this year’s insurance renewal and approve a new hire to their police department.

The council, with all members present except for Nicole Faulconer, heard a presentation by Keller Leopold Insurance representative Shawn Myers about the city’s 2018 liability insurance renewal, including a breakdown of a cyber insurance policy the city has not used in the past.

After Myers’ presentation, the council approved the renewal at a cost of $43,987, an amount $1,322 higher than the 2017 renewal. The biggest changes from last year include increases in the property and auto premiums and a decrease in the workers compensation premium. Due to the city’s limited exposure, the council decided not to include cyber insurance at this time, but will meet with Myers next month to discuss it in more detail after consulting with the Holcomb city attorney.

The council also unanimously approved the hiring of Jason Shelton, a Finney County sheriff’s deputy, as a part-time officer in the Holcomb Police Department. Shelton, now one of the department’s two part-time officers from the sheriff’s office, will help cover the city as the city continues the process of trying to find a new police chief.

Rupp said the city has received four applications for the police chief position, including one who dropped out, and has begun conducting interviews.

 

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