Police officers donating $20 per paycheck to for the privilege not to shave amounted to a $3,500 check presented Thursday by Police Chief Don Melton to April Cloyd, manager of the Webb City Senior Citizens Center.

Senior Center benefits from officers being allowed to wear facial hair

Bob Foos

Some Webb City Police officers are happily giving up $20 of each paycheck in order for the privilege of not shaving.

Police Chief Don Melton allows officers to flout the department’s policy prohibiting facial hair because the money collected goes to a good cause – the Webb City Senior Citizens Center.

During the second year of the No-Shave program, $3,500 was collected. That’s more than twice the $1,600 raised during the first year.

Melton and his officers presented the $3,500 check to April Cloyd, center manager, prior to lunch on Thursday.

Cloyd said the No-Shave program donation allows the center to buy “fun extra stuff.” Last year’s donation helped purchase a big-screen TV and popcorn machine and helped put on special activities, such as dances.

Patrolman Gavin Gannaway

Melton says 14 participated in the No-Shave program this year, including himself and Carl Francis, city administrator.

Some officers and other employees will have the $20 subtracted all year (26 checks) for a total donation of $520. The minimum to participate is five checks ($100).

And some, like Melton, donate even though they don’t wear facial hair.

You can expect to continue seeing officers with facial hair since Melton says he’s already collecting for the third year of the program.

Detective Keith Meyer

Department members attending the presentation Thursday are (left to right) Keith Meyer, Jeremiah Woolverton, Brad Brown, Tyler Winters, Gavin Gannaway, Gavyn Burns, Don Melton, Gerardo Lizarraga, Alex Bickett, Josh Smith, Malicah Hensley and Adam Morris.