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Posted: 12/18/13

Washington to keep
deputies out of Armada

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Washington Township officials decided against an agreement to share its deputies with Armada Township.
       Armada officials requested that Washington allow its contracted Macomb County Sheriff's Office deputies to respond to non-emergencies in Armada. In return, Armada would reimburse Washington for the costs.
       On Dec. 4, Washington Township Supervisor Dan O'Leary said after speaking with Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, the decision was made to not provide the service. O'Leary said Wickersham recommended against it since the seven deputies would be spread too thin.
       "He doesn't feel he could pull that off without jeopardizing our service levels," O'Leary said.
       Washington's $950,000 contract provides access to 4.2 full-time deputies for 24/7 coverage and three deputies for 40 hour coverage each week.
       O'Leary said if voters approved of raising the millage that pays for the contract with the sheriff's office, Wickersham would be more comfortable with such an arrangement.
       O'Leary said he plans to create a presentation to make residents aware of the service levels provided by the current funding levels compared to an increased millage.
       Trustee Art Grimes agreed the issue should be placed before voters.
       "We're growing, and I think we're way understaffed with police," he said.


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