QUINCY, MI (WTVB) - Quincy’s move toward possibly reinstating a Village Police Department after a decade without one could be advanced tonight. The agenda for the regular January village council meeting includes a public hearing on the proposal. The session starts at 5:30. The council has already interviewed five candidates for the post of chief of police.
The Village began to seriously entertain the idea when it became clear late last year that the Branch County Sheriff’s Department might no longer be in a position to provide a deputy for police protection following drastic cuts being made to the department including elimination of most of the road patrol services. Barring any serious negative feedback, the village council this evening could authorize the hiring of a police chief.
A starting annual salary of $45,000 has already been set by the council. The village budget for the new fiscal year beginning April First includes funds for the department. The village had spent about 160-thousand dollars the past several years in payments to the county for law enforcement coverage.