Oldenburg will have a new town marshal beginning June 1.
With the upcoming May 31 retirement of Marshal Scott Barnhorst, council members decided April 7 to hire Bill Dramann to fill the position. They also agreed to keep Eric Moenter on as deputy. Deputy Steve Yorn recently turned in his resignation.
Dramann, who is currently the head of the Sunman Police Department, said he told council members there he had applied for this position. The Batesville resident has 45 years of law enforcement experience. He has worked for the Batesville Police Department and Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, serving two terms as sheriff.
Depending on how quickly Sunman can find a new marshal, he said he may have to stay on there for a while because the town has a Reserve program. “If you don’t have an active marshal, you can’t have that program.”
Member Greg Struewing wondered, “Do you think an overlap with you and Scott would be needed?”
The officer announced, “I think I need to sit down and talk to Scott to see what kind of equipment you have.”
He added, “I have some ideas that might benefit the town. One is about communications. I hope we will have better communication between the public and the police department.”
Town attorney Amy Streator noted, “I have been putting together a job description as well as some operating procedures to follow. You as a board can determine what his job description is.”
For non-emergency calls, persons can reach the Oldenburg Police Department at 934-3556.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.