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Sebewaing Police Department Announces Staffing Shortage

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In a recent social media post, Sebewaing Police Department in Huron County announced that due to short staffing, it can no longer provide 24/7 patrols of the village.

The department said it has been short-staffed since the passing of its assistant chief, Chris Eisengruber, last month.

Eisengruber was one of only three full time officers in the village.

The remaining full timers and four part time officers have worked double shifts, but the department says it can’t keep up.

Officer Drew Gokey says the Sebewaing department is working to hire more officers to fix the staffing shortage.

“Technically we’ll be pretty close to our full-time man power this week. One of our part-time officers went through the hiring process and will be filling the spot that assistant chief Eisengruber left when he passed away,” he said.

With new hires coming in this week, Gokey says the department hopes to get back to full-time coverage soon.

In the meantime, Sebewaing PD is urging anyone in need of emergency help to call 911.

Calls will be answered by Huron County dispatchers who are staffed 24/7 and are able to send emergency responders from the county or state.

Renae is a newsroom intern covering northwest Lower Michigan for WCMU.