The Batavia Township board of trustees approved a new contract to hire a second full-time deputy to patrol the township during their Jan. 9 meeting.
The new deputy began work with the township on Jan. 3, bringing the number of deputies who patrol in Batavia Township only to two.
“The trustees approved a new three-year contract with the sheriff’s department,” said Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons. “Deputy Billy Crouch has been assigned to the township. The trustees interviewed him at length and followed the recommendation of the sheriff to hire him. The trustees will review the contract at a later date to determine when and if another new deputy will be added.”
The funding to hire the second deputy will be generated from a tax levy approved by the voters in November of last year. Increasing population has strained law enforcement throughout the county, and with the larger population in the township, the need for increased patrols became necessary over the past year.
"He's (Deputy Crouch) graduate of Batavia High School and knows the area very well," said Parsons. "He is on his fourth year as a deputy, so he isn't a rookie. He had several years in as a jailer too, so he has experience in law enforcement. The deputies will go on 12-hour shifts, starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. That was a schedule recommended by the sheriff's department. It will help them deal with the number of calls and let them talk to residents as well. The other hours will be covered by the sheriff department."
Currently, Deputy B.J. Boerger is the other sheriff's deputy assigned to Batavia Township. The second deputy will allow 12-hour patrols every day of the week.
"We now have a dedicated deputy to Batavia Township every day of the week, which is something we did not have before," said Parsons. "We don't have 24-hour coverage yet, but as time goes along, if the money is there, the trustees may make a decision to do that later."
The trustees also adopted rules for using the meeting hall in the new township hall. For more information, call the township hall at (513) 732-3888.