Boatner leaving police force after 29 years

By BRENT MAZE,

In a short meeting, concerning mostly routine matters, Union’s aldermen learned last Tuesday that the Union Police force is undergoing some manpower changes.

Police Chief Billy Pat Walker told the Mayor and Board that police officer David Boatner, a mainstay on the force for 29 years, had announced his plans to retire from the force at the end of October.

The aldermen also voted to accept Walker’s recommendation that they hire two new officers: Terry Boler and Dwayne Robinson.

The force lost a full time officer when Shaun Shumake turned in his resignation.

In other business, the Aldermen:

•Voted to allow Carl Buckley to put a modular home on his property at 201 Newton on the condition that the adjoining property owners agree in writing to the placement.

• Voted to all the Union Municipal School District to use the city’s water storage facility as a communications tower.

• Voted to hold a public hearing for unkempt property with Ruth Maiden, 105 Main Street, at the Nov. 7 Board of Aldermen meeting.