KAYSVILLE -- The Fairfield Junior High School resource officer for the 2011-12 school year will be a Kaysville police officer.
"We are going to provide the SRO for Fairfield Junior High," Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said Thursday.
That decision is a 180-degree turn from where Hiatt was Wednesday, leading to a story in the Standard- Examiner on Thursday in which Hiatt preferred that Kaysville not fund the resource officer.
"We can and we will handle the officer," Hiatt said following a meeting Thursday with city police and representatives from Fairfield Junior High.
With Centennial Junior High School to open in Kaysville this fall, Hiatt in a May 20 letter to Davis School District suggested Layton be approached to staff the SRO position at Fairfield Junior High in Kaysville, because 60 percent of the students attending the school are from Layton.
Hiatt's letter irked Layton leaders, who opposed the proposal and were annoyed by the way the mayor left Layton officials out of the conversation.
But Hiatt said police officials Thursday indicated they wanted to fill the Fairfield Junior High SRO position and could do it without the city having to make any additional hires for the department, which has 20 sworn officers.
"If our folks can handle it, that is definitely the best approach," said Hiatt, who has since extended apologies to Layton Mayor Steve Curtis, Police Chief Terry Keefe and City Manager Alex Jensen for suggesting to the district that Layton be considered to handle the SRO responsibility for Fairfield Junior High.
"My intention was never to offend them, but open up dialogue," Hiatt said.
Keefe referred to Hiatt's request for Layton to provide the Fairfield Junior High SRO as "absurd" because Layton provides the SROs needed for its five secondary schools without billing other cities that have students attending.
"I'm not sure having Layton cover (the school) was such a good idea," said Hiatt, who was looking to save Kaysville between $25,000 and $30,000 a year by getting another entity to contribute an officer.
Cities pay to equip the SRO officer, but share with the school district the cost of the officer's salary and benefits.
But even though Kaysville has agreed to continue to provide the SRO at Fairfield Junior High, Hiatt maintains there needs to be discussion among the different entities to determine how best to pay for school resource officers in the future.
"I think we need to pursue how the cost for SROs is allocated."