- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) - A town council in Indiana has hired a new marshal after the former marshal and his four deputies resigned in December, leaving the town without a police force.

On Monday, Bunker Hill Town Council unanimously approved Aaron Dague to take over the position on a 90-day interim basis before he can be approved as the permanent marshal, the Kokomo Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/2lGuYRg ).

Dague, 29, most recently served as the town marshal in Converse.

He’ll take the place of former marshal Mike Thomison, who resigned over allegations the town board had asked him to be involved in “illegal, unethical, and immoral things over time.” Thomison said those requests included asking for confidential information and for criminal background checks on past and present board members.

Since the unexpected resignations, council members have scrambled to re-staff the department. They sifted through more than 50 applications before deciding to hire Dague, according to Council President Brock Speer. Half of the applications came from out of state.

Councilman Carl Wade said Dague had the law-enforcement experience the council was looking for, noting that his father is a retired state trooper.

“He comes from a pretty good family of law enforcement, and he had some good ideas,” Wade said.

Dague graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2009 and served as Tipton County deputy before taking over as the Converse marshal.

He said he wants to move past the resignations and establish trust between officers and the community.

“If the residents don’t have trust in their police department, then there’s no good in even having one,” Dague said.


Information from: Kokomo Tribune, https://www.ktonline.com

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