Stafford served the city for more than 20 years, much of that as head of the department. Bagley felt it appropriate to acknowledge this by officially retiring Stafford's service weapon and presenting it to him as a gift.
"It was the least we could do to retire the gun and give him the weapon that he had carried," Bagley said. "He was with the city 22 1/2 years and 18 years as chief, so I think it's a good gesture on our part."
News of Stafford's retirement came in early June. The firearm he will receive is a Glock .40 caliber model 23. Mayor Evan King called the gesture "gracious" and "fitting," noting how Stafford met the challenge of providing protection for a growing population with the resources allotted.
"We have grown during that time and he has had a challenge meeting the law enforcement needs, and he's done a good job. We wish him well in his retirement and appreciate the good work that he has done for the city," King said.
Also approved Thursday was a citywide organizational chart prepared by City Manager Pat Crook. The chart provides full job descriptions and requirements for all city positions as well as many additional details.
King commended the city manager for her efforts in constructing the chart -- Crook began working on the project around Christmas. The chart conforms to requirements spelled out in the revised charter approved by the Georgia Legislature earlier this year.
"When the charter was changed, it calls for position classification and compensation plan and that was all part of [the chart]," Crook said. "It has a general description, all the essential duties, the knowledge skills and abilities required for the position, education and experience required for the position and the ADA component."
Four additional items made the agenda Thursday, all of which were approved:
* Appointment of John Beasley to the Etowah Housing Authority filling the seat left vacant by the death of former Mayor Dole Penson.
* Resolution authorizing the mayor to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Bartow County for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
* Project list for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
* Malt beverage retail package license application for Cowboys Food Mart, 924 Highway 140.