Chief Rex Ross accepts resignations from three police officers

Trenton Missouri Police Department (TPD)

The Trenton Police Department is looking to hire officers following the resignation of one employee and the upcoming departure of two others.

Police Chief Rex Ross told KTTN Officer Jennifer Plummer submitted her resignation two weeks ago and her last shift in Trenton was today (Tuesday). He indicated that she was going to Livingston County to work closer to family members in Chillicothe.

Ross reports two other officers, Jake Baucom and Kami Nelson, turned in their resignations on Monday but plan to be working in Trenton until March 7th. Chief Ross said both were “recruited” by the Chillicothe Police Department and noted both officers will be leaving their Trenton jobs to earn more money and better benefits at Chillicothe.

According to Chief Ross, the starting wage for a police officer at Trenton is $31,137 while the wage for an officer at Chillicothe is $33,758.

Applications for Trenton Police Officer are available at the police station at 7th and Main Streets or at the police department link on the city of Trenton website. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and need to have Missouri POST certification which stands for Peace Officer Training Standards. Trenton also requires a police officer to reside within a 30 minute response time when driving to town.

Prior to the latest resignations, the Trenton police department was one officer short of full strength which is 12 police officers.

Jasmine Diab was wounded last June in the line of duty and hasn’t returned to the job. When questioned by KTTN, Chief Rex Ross said Ms. Diab has not been cleared by Workman’s Compensation to return to work. He added her situation is an “unknown” at this point. It’s the understanding of Police Chief Ross that her salary is being paid with one-third of the total from the city of Trenton and two thirds from worker’s compensation.

At Monday nights’ city council meeting, just before adjournment, Second Ward Councilman Brad Chumbley made a motion that due to the staffing situation at the police department, police response and enforcement of nuisances be temporarily suspended. And he requested the topic get discussed by the councils’ administrative committee. The motion was approved on a voice vote.