Evansville discusses adding to police force

Evansville has a police force again, and tension got a little high when streets were discussed at the June 10 Evansville Village Board meeting.

Last month, the village board approved of hiring David Biermann as their police chief. At Monday night’s meeting, he reported that he has spoken with several residents who are happy to see police patrolling town again.

So far, he’s only ran into a few minor issues during his patrols.

Biermann also noted that at the end of May, he and Village President Erwin “Red” Becker had hired on Todd Ehlers of Steeleville as an officer. They also wanted to hire Aaron Runge of Chester. Both Ehlers and Runge are serving as officers in other municipalities as well as correctional officers at Menard Correctional Center.

While hiring the two officers was not on the agenda for the evening, the board agreed to let them start working and will officially approve them at next month’s meeting.

Biermann also discussed the condition of the village’s police vehicle, suggesting the board consider replacing it in the future. “We’re making due for now,” he noted.

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