HIGHLAND BEACH — Town commissioners decided using a free volunteer instead of a paid administrative assistant was OK in the Police Department but not in the Town Hall lobby.
Chief Craig Hartmann assured them other towns use volunteers as a receptionist and first point of contact for residents seeking police help.
“They become the best ambassadors for your department,” he said.
Plus the town would save up to $75,000 a year in salary and benefits by not hiring a permanent employee, he said.
But commissioners insisted nothing but paid help would do in the lobby.
“Put a part-timer in there and let him or her be seen,” said Commissioner Doris Trinley, who served as town clerk for 16 years.
— Steve Plunkett