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Ferris Det. quits

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - The Ferris Police Department no longer has a detective to investigate criminal cases.

Ferris Investigator John Julin submitted his resignation effective Friday, Sept. 29 citing lack of job stability and needing higher pay to support his family, according to Ferris Police Chief R. C. Nettles.

'It came up two to three times in the council meetings that they wanted to do away with his position as an investigator,' Nettles said.

'He got a little concerned. He didn't want to be put in a position without a job.'

Nettles said the department would continue to investigate cases to the best of their ability until a new detective could be hired.

'It is almost a must to have an investigator,' Nettles said noting other officers were too busy with their patrolling duties to adequately conduct investigations. 'We will just have to keep up with it best we can.'

During budget hearings in August, City Councilman Billy Don Dunn asked if the investigator position was really a necessity. Dunn asked why Nettles or Lt. Mike Zaidle could not conduct investigation work themselves as a way of possibly reducing the police department staff to save money.

Spending up to 12 hours a day at the office, Nettles said he and Zaidle did not have time to complete all their administrative duties while working criminal investigations.

When hearing of Julin's resignation, Dunn said, 'I would have no comment on personnel issues at all.'

Julin earned $34,773.02 annually as an investigator.

Ferris Mayor Jim Parks Jr. said the city has employed an investigator for more than 20 years because it was such an important position.

'I would not have cut the CID/investigator position,' he said. Parks said he was in favor of hiring a new investigator with experience or promoting a current patrolman, but noted the budget was very tight with little room for leeway.

Shortly after being hired as chief, Nettles hired Julin as a patrol officer in March 2005, but later promoted him to investigator. Jeff Aaron had been serving as the city's investigator before requesting to be reassigned back to his patrol officer duties.

When Julin was promoted, the city had to send him to special classes teaching Julin how to effectively investigate criminal cases.

'We have probably filed more cases in the last two years using Julin and Jeff Aaron than Ferris has had in a long time,' Nettles said.

Working in the office Monday, Julin took the remainder of the week off to utilize the vacation time he had accrued.

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