City hires former Eddyville chief


Princeton Mayor Kota Young announced Monday that Shane Allison would be Princeton's new assistant police chief. The announcement was made during the Princeton City Council meeting at City Hall.

Young said the city would have to clear Allison through state government, which would be in a matter of days.

"We hope to have him on by mid-February," Young said after the meeting. "It takes about two weeks for it to go through the legal department.

"He's an ideal candidate. Like I said in the meeting, we couldn't have asked for a better applicant for the position. We're very excited to have him on and see what he can bring to the department."

Allison, 48, retired as Eddyville's police chief Nov. 30 after 16 years in that position. He was one of the first people to join the Eddyville Police Department in April 1998 and was the longest-serving city employee at the time of his retirement.

When he became the police chief in 2003, he was the youngest police chief in the state.

Allison will become Princeton's first assistant police chief since Chief Chris King was promoted from the position on Sept. 4, 2017, succeeding former chief Don Weedman.

Young said that the city saved about $30,000 in hiring Allison because the city won't have to pay for his health insurance or retirement, since Allison is a retired officer.

"It's a huge cost savings," Young said. "Chief King was also hired with a similar contract, so between the two of them, that's $60,000 in savings."

In a related matter, the city council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance to set the salary of the assistant police chief at $49,000 per year. The ordinance was necessary when it was found that the city's Pay Plan Ordinance did not include a salary for that position.

The city council also approved the reappointment of Lloyd Murdock and the appointment of Charles Ray Phelps to the Princeton-Caldwell County Airport Board. Their terms expire Dec. 31, 2023.

The next scheduled city council meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 18. The date was moved from the usual Monday meeting date because of the Washington's Birthday holiday.