Plans being made for replacement of resigning U.P. Police Officer

ISHPEMING — A decision is closer to being made for the replacement of the Ishpeming Township Police Officer, who submitted his resignation on August 27th.

Officer Robert O’Connor who will officially be resigned on October third was the previous officer in this position. In regards to finding a replacement, The Ishpeming Township Board plans on meeting with the Marquette County Sheriff Department sometime next week to discuss a part time police officer for the Ishpeming Township area.

This officer would be used until a millage is passed in April of 2017, this is when plans of having a full time police officer would be decided.

“I think we’re probably going to look at a part–time police officer from the sheriff department to come in and fill in, unless we can find somebody else who is interested but until we meet with the sheriff department it is hard to speculate exactly what direction we’re going to go but I would assume it’s probably going to be the sheriff’s department part time, said Ishpeming Township Supervisor, James Nankervis.

Members of the community spoke out at the Ishpeming Township board meeting and expressed their concerns on the need of police protection in the area and their hopes for finding a replacement sooner rather than waiting until a full time officer in April.