Williams County Sheriff Asks For Three New Deputies

By: James Pruitt

The Williams County Sheriff’s Office wants to add three deputies, but county commissioners want to see some data first.

Sheriff Steven Towns and Lt. Greg Ruskey appeared before the commissioners March 31 to make the request.

Commissioner Alan L. Word requested the sheriff provide a breakdown of calls from Jan. 1, 2008 through March 31, 2016.

The commissioners discussed the DARE position with Towns and Ruskey and asked how it was being covered. Word asked for a flow chart for the position.

The commissioners will set a date for another meeting once they have had a chance to review all the data, spreadsheets and documentation requested. The commissioners want to see if the number of calls have significantly increased.

In other news:
Bids were opened for Hogan Lane Improvements by Williams County Engineer Todd Roth

The following bids were received: Gerken Paving, Napoleon – $187,691.50; Bryan Excavating, Bryan – $187,697.50; Hohenbrink Excavating, Ottawa- $194,217.25; and

Geddis Paving & Excavating, Inc, Toledo – $216,600 The bids have been taken under advisement.

Commissioners rescinded a resolution after learning the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities must advertise a vacancy before filling it. The commissioners then approved advertising for the unexpired term for the Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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