New Llano’s police and fire departments have been busy this month, and there have been some changes.

New Llano’s police and fire departments have been busy this month, and there have been some changes.

Police officer Gary Saleh, announced at the Tuesday meeting that he would take a leave of absence for six months to a year, because he has a newborn baby at home. The leave began Friday.

Saleh requested, and was granted, permission to stay on with the department on reserve status. Mayor Freddie Boswell asked Chief of Police, Danny Hunt, his opinion.

“It’s fine with me,” he said.

Saleh is not asking for leave time or pay, so there will be no cost to the town of New Llano.

Boswell said the town will have to advertise the open position to the public before it can be filled from within the department.

“If a fully certified applicant comes forward, the position would be offered to him or her,” he said.

In addition Saleh’s reserve position, the department now has two openings it would like to fill as soon as possible, to ensure they are prepared to handle calls safely.

Saleh cited a call to a fight that broke out at the Wild Ride nightclub last weekend, involving guns and drugs. He said they could have used an extra officer.

Councilman Ervin Wilson thanked Saleh.

“We appreciate you wanting to stay with the force,” he said.

Also, Fire Chief T. Kevin Yates gave a report for the New Llano Fire Department, saying they have had 41 runs so far in 2017 — 17 more than last year at this point. This report is higher than any in the last 10 years. He said the department is averaging about two calls per day. There were a total of 412 runs for all of 2016.

“We have been training hard. There was a car fire last weekend, and Truck 1 put it out before Truck 2 arrived,” said Yates.

He announced Brandon Burks recently became certified in hazardous materials and Lt. R.J. Bartlett passed his Firefighter I certification.