Once the newest officer of the Gridley-Biggs Police Department, Kyle Schukei was sworn into office by Chief Dean Price, it was time for Lt. Scott Smallwood to announce new assignments at the police department to the Council.
Corporal Tyler Johnson had work commitments so was unable to attend the meeting. Corporal Joel Bassett was introduced along with his wife Brittney and daughter Kadence. Corporal Bassett attended the 126th Butte College Police Academy, was hired in 2011 and has served as Field Training Officer, In-House Detective, served on the gang unit as a gang expert, was the recipient of the Catalyst Advocate Recognition Award, and Officer of the Year for 2012.
Detective Alberto Rodriguez and his wife Monica were introduced along with their daughters Isabella and Emma. Detective Rodriguez attended the 124th Butte College Police Academy in 2009, was hired by Gridley-Biggs in 2010 and served as the last School Resource Officer for the Gridley Unified School District before that program ended. Besides being a Field Training Officer, Detective Rodriguez has served on the gang unit, was chosen as Officer of the Year by his peers last year and will serve as the department's next range master.
in other matters, a Deferred Improvement agreement for curb, gutter, and sidewalk at 165 Kentucky Street Deferring the Off-Site Improvements was approved by the Council, along with a Resolution Supporting the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 (see page one article).
The City's Public Works crews have completed the disability ramp at the Vierra Park Baseball Field and poured a footing for the Electric Department to install a street light. They have also poured a concrete drive entrance on Washington Street near the tennis courts and filled holes on city streets in various locations throughout the town.
The Recreation Department's Free Fishing Day at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area will be held May 12 from 7 a.m., to noon for children 15 and under.