The Grayson City Council voted to rejoin the Fiveco Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (FADE) during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Police Chief Kevin McDavid made the recommendation to the City Council, believing the move will enhance his department’s ability to combat illegal drug trafficking in the Grayson area.
“Anything we can do to fight the drug epidemic in our area is a good thing, and because this is the only thing FADE does, it has resources at its disposal that we don’t currently have,” said McDavid.
The Council approved a motion to rejoin Fade with a 3-1 vote, with Peal Crum, Jack Harper and Terry Stamper voting in favor of the measure.
Duane Suttles voted against the motion, but clarified his position after the meeting.
“I don’t have anything against rejoining FADE. We just had some issues with them before and I thought we needed to take some time to assess the current state of the organization before jumping back in,” said Suttles.
According to Chief McDavid, hiring an additional officer will not be necessary at this time, as he will be assigning one of the his current officers to the program.
FADE will pay ten percent of that officer’s salary and benefits and one hundred percent of that officer’s overtime incurred, but the City Council will still need to furnish a vehicle.
No timeline was given as to when the new FADE officer would officially be transferred to the task force.
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