Osgood Police Dept. to comply with interview procedures

Beth Rumsey

Staff Writer

At the December meeting of the Osgood Town Council, Marshal John Hegge said the police department will now be required to interview all felony suspects by audio and video. He said this would result in the need to purchase additional equipment at an estimated cost of almost $15,000.

He also noted that as a result of work conducted in a pharmaceutical diversion demonstration, the marshal has been asked to serve as a Drug Recognition Expert. Training for this position will be a week long seminar scheduled in February. Hegge requested the council consider his attendance at the seminar.

According to Hegge, after the training, he will then have the opportunity to train others.

Osgood Fire Chief Chris Lemen announced his resignation at the meeting. Steve Linville will be the new fire chief, according to Lemen.

Lemen has been with the Osgood Fire Department for 30 years spending 13 years as fire chief. He thanked the past and current council members for the years of working together.

In other business:

• The council presented Ordinance 2009-15 establishing a procedure for the enforcement of town ordinances as per Indiana Code 33-36-2-1. The Town of Osgood Ordinance Violations Bureau with Dana Row as Ordinance Violations Bureau Clerk was unanimously approved.

• Additions to the police department operating procedures regarding procedures for collecting, maintaining, keeping and expunging of information, records or evidence regarding ordinance violations were unanimously approved.

• The motion to appoint Marianne Wiggers to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation Board was unanimously approved.

Board members attending included Linda Krinop and DeeDee Holliday with Norman Kappes absent. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19 beginning at 7 p.m.