The Macon City Council’s Public Safety Committee reluctantly approved the hiring of a youth program worker who has been on the job for more than three weeks.
In late March, the Macon Police Department’s Youth Services Division received a grant to hire someone for 13 months to oversee a youth mentoring program for the local Police Activity League. The council approved the grant but had not approved a specific hire. However, in order to get the grant money, which came from the national PAL organization, the department had to have a person in place by April 1.
Monday, the committee was asked to approve the hire of Lula Williams.
In lieu of the candidate’s résumé or her presence before the committee, Youth Services Director Maj. Tonnie Williams said Lula Williams is a retired schoolteacher who already volunteers with the Mentor’s Project.
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The committee members were upset that they had been asked to, in Councilman Lonnie Miley’s words, “rubber stamp” the new hire after she had already started working for the department.The committee voted 4-1 to approve the hire. Miley voted no.