Village board, deputy talk about Wauneta-based officer

    There’s no formal proposal to have a Chase County sheriff’s deputy live in Wauneta, but the idea has reared its head nearly two years after it was removed from the contract between the village and the Chase County Sheriff’s Office.
    In a Village Board meeting last month, trustees met with Deputy Duncan Einspahr, who floated the idea during the discussion.
    State law requires that villages like Wauneta, which does not have its own police department, must provide law enforcement services.
    Until early 2018, the village contracted with the county for 40 hours a week at an annual cost of $44,000 a year. That contract also required that a deputy live in Wauneta.
    But that deputy left for another job and modifications were made in the contract.
    Under the current contract, negotiated in February 2018, the village receives an average of 80 hours a month of law enforcement presence for $22,000 a year and there is no requirement that a deputy live in town. All current members of the Sheriff’s Office live in Imperial.

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