The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Oquawka Planning For Police Protection

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

After learning that the Henderson County Board had cancelled the police contracts between the Sheriff's Department and villages due to their decreasing numbers of deputies to adequately do the job, Oquawka Board members, at Monday night's regular meeting, felt it was urgent they begin planning for their own police protection.

Sheriff's Deputy Steve Henshaw, in his Sheriff's report, turned in 28 calls for January including two thefts under $300, two criminal damage to property, improper operating an ATV, two domestic battery, home invasion, disturbances, disorderly conduct, burglary alarm, missing persons, injured persons, traffic offenses and a list of other activities of suspicious circumstances.

Trustee Troy Jern noted that the county did not replace Steve Hayne's deputy position when he was elected Sheriff and "Crime is on the rise."

After discussion the board set an open meeting for Wednesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. of the Public Safety Committee (Howard, Jern, Emery) along with Mayor Harold Henshaw, and Todd Shinberger where they will invite Mike Bohnenkamp from the Stronghurst Board for some insight on starting a new police department. In other business the board learned:

Oquawka Village Board listen to an audit report. Members from left: Jamie Emery, Coral Seitz, Jason Howard, Clerk Sandy Huff, Mayor Harold Henshaw, City Attorney Mike Neff, Troy Jern, Todd Shinberger, and Nancy Bundy.