During the Thayer City Council's annual contract renewal session Tuesday, April 12, three of 38 city workers were immediately dismissed, two from the police department.
The board discussed the matter in closed session, and then returned to the packed board room to vote.
The board, with newly sworn in Alderman Terry Tillman, reelected Alderman Bob Grimes and aldermen Mike Harber and Steve Alford, voted unanimously to not rehire Sergeant Terry Bounds and patrolman Kevin Bettis.
Bounds had been with the department for nine years and Bettis for three years.
The board followed Police Chief David Bailey's recommendation to rehire all police department employees except Bounds and Bettis. The positions will be refilled.
The board also unanimously voted to not reappoint City Attorney Jeri Leigh Caskey of Alton. City officials have talked to a Thayer attorney about the position, but have not taken formal action to hire a city attorney to replace Caskey.
In other business
* Municipal Judge William Hass gave the oath of office to City Clerk Donna Martin, Collector Janis Tolar and aldermen Tillman and Grimes.
* Alford was reappointed president pro tem.
* The board approved sending the court clerk to an annual professional development conference at a cost of $637.
* The board approved buying electric department supplies from Harry Cooper Supply of Springfield for $1,283.
* The board approved buying wastewater treatment plant supplies from the sewer tax account.
* The board approved buying a pump and other supplies for the water department from Atkins Saw Shop for $2,660.
* The board approved buying chemicals and supplies for the pool to last all season for $7,558 and spending $1,700 for metal to finish the parks department shed.
* The board approved buying police ammunition on a state contract for $4,983 to last about four years.
* The board approved buying portable breath testers for the police department to allow faster testing of suspected intoxicated drivers.
* The board tabled discussion of increasing utility deposit rates until a city attorney is appointed to draft an ordinance.
* The board approved the sole bids submitted for repairs at the police department building. Bowers Refrigeration Service bid $19,750 to install a heating and air conditioning system. Ary Building and Remodeling bid $22,880 to remodel an evidence locker and add a visitation room.
* The board hired Brenda Dixon as the city pool manager for 2011.
* The board appointed Mike Arnold as fire chief.
* The board approved sending the city clerk to annual training in Columbia.