Ashby to keep police department [UPDATED]Published 9:58am Friday, April 20, 2012 Updated 11:59am Friday, April 20, 2012
The Ashby City Council decided to continue facilitating its own police department after strong support was shown by residents.
The debate came after the former full-time officer resigned to take a job in Fergus Falls. The council decided to look into the issue of replacing the officer or contract its protection out to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.
Several residents at the meeting said the peace of mind of having a local officer was worth the cost. Time of response and length of travel were also concerns.
Former Ashby Mayor Bob Boren was opposed to the idea of having a local officer, stating the decrease in population as a reason the need was unwarranted.
Many in attendance disagreed with the former mayor’s comments and said that several new homes are entering the community.
Ashby is one of only two towns in Grant County with its own police force.