Evansville board hires two more police officers

Police matters continued to be a big item of discussion for the Evansville Village Board at their meeting this month.

In May, the village, which had been without a police chief and any officers for a few months, hired David Bierman on as their police chief. Last month, the board discussed the possibility of hiring two additional officers – Todd Ehlers and Aaron Runge. At the time, the board noted that the hiring of additional officers wasn’t on the agenda, so they opted to let the officers start working and would officially hire them at the July meeting.

Monday night, both officers introduced themselves to the board. 

Runge, who lives in Chester, has worked full time at Menard Correctional Center for 22 years. In addition, he has worked for the Chester Police Department part time for 12 years and for the Ava Police Department for the past six months.

Ehlers, who lives in Steeleville, has been an officer since 2012. He currently is an educator at Menard. He worked as an officer in Ruma for five years and started at Ellis Grove about three months ago.

While most of the village board was ready to hire the officers, Trustee Darren Kempfer insisted on going into an executive session to discuss personnel matters first. 

Following the evening’s executive session, which was also used to discuss what was noted as pending litigation, the board noted that they would be hiring both officers and they were not taking any action at this time on the litigation.

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.