By Jackie Gorski
MENTONE – Mentone Town Council approved Wednesday to continue the police department and to look for a new town marshal.
Town Marshal Jim Eads said Deputy Jacob Bill gave his two-week notice and that his last day of work was last week. Bill took another job in Texas.
Eads is retiring, effective Oct. 30. Eads has been with the police department for 29 years and has been marshal since 1998.
Due to the situation, Eads said the council had to decide if it wanted the town to continue with the police department or not.
If the council chose not to continue with the police department, there would be things he would have to do to close the department.
The council said they wanted to continue with the police department. Council President Jill Gross said the town has put a lot of money into the police department.
The council approved a motion to continue the police department and to look for a new town marshal.
Councilwoman Shelly Krueger asked if the motion that was approved should include looking for a new deputy. Gross said she doesn’t think they’re ready to look for a new deputy right now.
Eads said he agreed with that decision because “you want to find someone you can work with” and thinks it’s important for the new marshal to find someone they can get along with.
Applications for the position of town marshal will be accepted until Sept. 15 and can be obtained from Eads or Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Yaprak so Eads can be part of the process.