After several recent hires, the Electra police department is at the halfway point of being fully staffed again.
Several officers left the department five months ago when tension brewed between city leaders and long time police chief, Johnny Morris.
Then in January, city commissioners fired Chief Morris.
One month later, a deputy chief was hired who has been sifting through applications and hired four dispatchers, along with two full time and two part officers but officials say more hiring is needed to get the department back up to full staff.
"We still have three full time officers to hire and one full time dispatch and a part time dispatch position. We're interviewing for the dispatch full time and part time today," says Deputy Chief Mike Hopkins.
Deputy Chief Hopkins says there's no rush on hiring.
Electra city administrator says once all positions are filled then they will concentrate on hiring a police chief.
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