At their last meeting in February, the Sheridan City Council approved a resolution that advised the administration of the Police and Fire Departments to work with their staff on the likelihood of being included in the City's random drug testing policy.
Lieutenant Chris Dahmke indicated to the Council Monday night that the Police Department has no issues with the policy. While the Fire Department echoed that sentiment, local Firefighters Union President George Neeson did not agree with the way the Council is handling the issue.
Neeson said that no one within the fire department is against drug testing, it's just that he would like the policy to be negotiated. The Council agreed to keep negotiations open with the union, although they did ultimately approve that both the Fire and Police departments be included in the City's random drug testing policy. Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey.
Not all were included in the policy however, as only uniformed police officers and firefighters and paramedics will be added immediately. The Council will address Police Dispatch and Community Service Officers, along with one administrative position within the fire department, at their next meeting.