Deputy to retire

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department is losing a longtime deputy.

Deputy Ron Nordman has submitted a retirement letter from the department, effective Oct. 6, Sheriff Bob Land informed Wabash County Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

In addition, a jail officer retired effective Aug. 31, Land also informed Commissioners.

“That would put us a total of six down right now, due to academy and medical leave,” Land said.

In another jail-related matter, the population at the Wabash County Jail was 96 as of Tuesday morning, including 10 females what were booked in over the weekend.

There are another 45 inmates being held in Miami County, three in Blackford County and six in Elkhart County, the sheriff said. One inmate was being held in Department of Corrections safekeep, and another was awaiting transfer to the DOC on Tuesday, bringing to the total population to 152 inmates.

The peak population last week was 99 inmates, with an average population of 93 inmates.

Land also reported to Commissioners that the department is in line to receive a grant to install computers and printers in its vehicles.

“That funding will be released in October, so at least that cuts back on some costs we would have to put those in-car computers that we had talked about earlier,” he said. “I’ll know more in October when I see the grant.”

Commissioners also approved a request to purchase five portable radios at a cost of $13,268.50. The cost includes programming “and everything that we need for those radios,” Land said.

“I’ve allowed in next year’s budget for in-car radios and uniform costs,” he said, “but this is one thing I forgot.”
Funding for the portable radios will come from the Courthouse Complex Fund.

In another matter, commissioners approved a utility permit from Frontier Communications to board across County Road 180 E to provide service to a nearby home.

In addition, County Highway Superintendent John Martin reported 46 miles of county roads have undergone chip and seal.

Posted on 2018 Sep 11