KINGSTON -- Monday night’s regular council meeting opened up with the promotion of one new police officer and the swearing in of another.
Seven-year veteran patrol officer Stephen Gibson will now serve as a detective.
The 35-year-old Nanticoke resident, originally from Forty Fort, said he is excited to start a new phase of his career in law enforcement.
Prior to joining the Kingston force in 2004, he worked as an officer in Forty Fort, Swoyersville and Larksville.
The Kingston Police Department’s newest member will be Kyle Shumosic, 23, originally of West Nanticoke, now residing in West Pittston.
Mayor James Haggerty repeatedly praised the abilities and qualifications of the two officers and referred to them as an investment in the future security and protection of the borough.
Also on Monday, Edwardsville Borough Council member Gary Mack attended to thank Kingston officials for the part they played in coordinating an effort to share resources in maintaining security in the two towns during the evacuation stage of September’s flooding.
“Edwardsville was forgotten by the National Guard but not by our neighbors in Kingston,” Mack said.
After the meeting, Haggerty said that at a Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency meeting on Sept. 16, National Guard deployment was announced for Plymouth, Kingston, Forty Fort and Swoyersville.
Edwardsville officials who were present at the meeting were upset that their borough had been excluded.
After that meeting, Haggerty and the other Kingston officials approached Edwardsville officials to plan a joint effort to ensure the safety of persons and property during and after the evacuation.
“A lot more can be done in regionalization then when you stand alone,” Mack said.
Also in regard to the flood, Municipal Administrator Paul Keating said that despite the intense planning and preparation drills that Kingston undertakes, the municipality may have ended up being woefully unprepared if the levees had failed.
At a post-action review meeting after the flooding, officials identified the need for boats and a mobile communications center in case a disaster like the one experienced in September should ever devolve into a full-blown catastrophe.
Kingston officials now plan to coordinate with several other West Side communities, including Forty Fort and Pringle, in order to apply for grant funding for the needed equipment.
Next regular council meeting is Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.