Police get support at Fair Haven budget meeting
By Darren Marcy
FAIR HAVEN -- The Select Board held discussion on the town budget at its meeting Monday night and, as expected, the police budget was the topic everybody wanted to talk about.
But while Police Chief William Humphries is used to being questioned at public meetings discussing the budget, everyone who spoke was supportive of the police department and its request to maintain a fourth officer.
Former Selectwoman Claire Stanley earned round of applause from the nearly two dozen people in attendance when she spoke in support of the police budget.
"I really like the fact that if I have a problem that requires police help, I can call and somebody will be there," Stanley said. "Yes, we can afford it. When I was on the board, it was my opinion that we hire good people and then get out of their way and let them do their job."
Another avid supporter of the police at Monday's meeting was Pam Berryhill.
"It seems to me, cutting our police officers should not even be up for discussion," Berryhill said.
The lone voice at this meeting belonged to Selectman Bob Richards, who repeated his assertion that the police department could continue their level of service with three officers by shuffling some schedules and keeping more officers at home.
"How many is enough," Richards asked. "You have to decide what can the town of Fair Haven afford. We're just a very small town with a very expensive police force."