Brookhaven law enforcement officer resigns
November 4, 2022 (Friday) 4:00 pm
The position was vacated just three months after the city of Brookhaven installed its first-ever law enforcement officer.
Shardae Oatis, a former Brookhaven Police Department licensed police officer, was hired by the Alderman’s Committee to take up the position of CE, beginning the role on August 1st. In addition to law enforcement, Oatis was to serve as a district court bailiff and maintain his officer status. .
Otis submitted his resignation on October 25th. No official reason for his resignation was given.
In their law enforcement role, officers are supposed to oversee and enforce local building codes, zoning laws, and city ordinances. The office is part of the Public Works Department led by Director Keith Lewis.
The main responsibility given to officers is for structures that need to be descended. Where the grass needs to be mowed. abandoned or junk cars; and other lot cleanup issues.
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- The board approved a low bid of $12,100 from the Greenbriar Digging Service to extend the main waterline on Brookway Boulevard from in front of Verizon to in front of Adele’s. Water Authority Director Chris Sifoss recommended the expansion to eliminate the problem of persistent leaks in existing small pipes. The only other bid was $14,950 from Mitchell Construction.
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