Greenville without officers as city figures out finances

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by Sherrell Hubbard

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 7:23 PM

GREENVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – The city of Greenville, Indiana no longer has police officers.  All the officers have left as the city figures out its finances.

Greenville, Indiana is located in Floyd County and has a population of 600.  The Greenville Marshal Department did employee twp paid officers and three unpaid reserve officers; however, Town President Talbotte Richardson says that is not the case anymore.

Marshal William “Bill” Burkhart and Detective Lieutenant David Moore submitted their resignations on May 31st.  Richardson says Burkhart’s salary was $14,000 a year and Moore’s salary was $13,000 per year. 

According to Richardson, when the town could not afford to give them raises, they stepped down.  Burkhart declined comment about his resignation

1st Sergeant Tony Wisman tells WHAS 11 that he put in his resignation May 28th, citing personal reasons.  Wisman says one of his fellow reserve officers resigned the same day and the other reserve officer last resigned last month.  Richardson says the department was set to be disbanded months ago when Burkhart announced that he would be quitting.

President Richardson says Burkhart is the finest marshal that the town has ever seen but the town has a budget of about $80,000 and is only generating about $64,000.  “We don't have the funds to maintain,” he said. He says last year the town discussed doing away with two council member seats to save money but the town voted against such a measure.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department will be responding to calls in the Greenville city limits.  Richardson if the department raises the funds to hire back an officer, the town may look at combining the marshal salary and lieutenant salary for a total of $27,000.

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