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Hubbard Township police department sees solvent future

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — The future is looking up for the township police department.

Concerns were raised in late 2019 that the department might have to cease operations, with the township opting for another agency for its police protection. However, the department has become more solvent because of several police administrative positions staying unfilled after retirements, receipt of grants for bulletproof vests and other police items, plus passage of a 1.75-mill renewal levy.

Police Chief Greg Tarr said when he took office this year, a “big part of the police department succeeding was through attrition and not replacing employees retiring. There were full-time employees, including the chief, a detective, an administrative assistant and two police officers, that were not replaced. We instead had officers assigned to other tasks and roles. Everyone was open to this, and officers stepped up and took on additional roles.”

He said the five full-time employees not being replaced saved the department between $250,000 and $300,000.

“For a police department like Hubbard Township, $300,000 goes a long way,” said township Trustee Rick Hernandez, who serves as liaison to the police department.

Read more in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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