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Ellisville Police Chief Bruce Russell talks to Mayor Lynn Buckhaults and the members of the Ellisville Board of Aldermen about the police department during a board meeting at Ellisville City Hall.

The Ellisville Police Department is continuing to search for personnel. Ellisville Police Chief Bruce Russell said his department currently has two open slots.

Russell informed city officials at its last Ellisville Board of Aldermen meeting that the police department has received a resignation. The police chief confirmed that Scott Wuertz, the department’s investigator, had submitted his resignation.

He said Wuertz was taking a position with a private oilfield company.

The board of aldermen during that meeting voted to accept the police officer’s resignation. Russell said the department is continuing to look for qualified people to become police officers.

Last month, the board agreed and voted to follow the city’s policy and go through the WINN Job Center in Laurel and open up a police officer application to begin the process of hiring a full-time police officer.

Russell said the department is now looking to fill two slots.

According to officials, the police department has eight patrolman positions, two court clerks, a detective and a police chief position.

Also as a boost to the police department, the board of aldermen in June agreed to purchase two new vehicles for the city’s police fleet. Police Chief Russell said the department has not purchased vehicles for several years and that some new vehicles are needed.

Also, during a recent meeting, the board of aldermen acknowledged a donation from Butch Plymale for $1,000 toward the city’s ongoing efforts to purchase new body cameras for the police department.

The mayor said the city has been working on this project for a while and he appreciates

residents like Plymale, who are assisting with the city’s fundraising efforts.