WINFIELD - At the recommendation of Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, the Winfield City Council voted to hire two new police officers at its Tuesday, July 16, meeting.
Burleson appeared before the council to request the hires, along with some promotions within the department.
Burleson recommended the council hire Justin Oneal Cottingham as a police officer. Cottingham is currently employed with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) holding the rank of sargant. Cottingham has a degree in criminal justice from Wallace State and is Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) certified. Burleson said Cottingham has been with the LCSO for six years.
Burleson also asked the council to approve the hiring of Michael Garrett Weeks, 21, as a police officer. Burleson said Weeks lacks one semester having a criminal justice degree from the University of North Alabama and is not (APOSTC) certified. Weeks will attend the APOSTC school starting Aug. 19, Burleson said.
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