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Village Board Hires New Police Officer

By Travis Volz

A new police officer was sworn in and a new salary schedule for village employees was approved during the regular meeting of the Okawville Village Board Monday.

Aaron Hutto, who was hired as the village’s new full-time police officer, was sworn in by Village President Dave Jasper.

Hutto will be one of three full-time officers in the Okawville Police Department, filling the position that had been vacant since Evan Ford resigned earlier this year. The department has three full-time officers, three part-time officers and Chief Steve Millikin.

Per the recommendation of the Personnel and Property Committee, the board approved a new salary schedule for village employees.

In normal years, pay raises go into effect in April. Due to the pandemic, the changes were pushed back and will now go into effect on December 1.

The Personnel and Property Committee also renewed the current health insurance plan with Blue Cross/Blue Shield for village employees.

Per the recommendation of the Finance and Contracts Committee, the board passed the annual tax levy, which maintains the same tax rates as last year.

Read full details on the entire board meeting in this week’s issue. 

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