New Holstein’s Common Council on Thursday, April 1 approved entering into a short-term contract with the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office to begin providing some law enforcement and management assistance to the city’s Police Department.

The motion made by Alderman Bob Bosma also included a second point to have the city begin discussing a “Plan B” for a long-term contract with Calumet County.

Alderman Richard Snelson—attending the meeting via telephone—then offered an amendment to the motion to strike the second point about discussing a long-term contract.

Shortly thereafter, the council voted 6-2 in favor of the motion with Snelson and Alderman Terry Thiessen voting against it. Snelson contended after the meeting that his amendment was done properly and was in effect when the council voted on the motion.

Prior to the vote, Jeff Roemer of the McMahon consulting firm said a schedule has already been worked out with NHPD and CCSO officers to cover April and work is beginning on a May schedule.

Sheriff Mark Wiegert was in attendance at the meeting and said CCSO Lt. Eric Voland—who previously worked for the NHPD—will provide the short-term management of the NHPD over the next two months.

Mayor Jeff Hebl reported at the meeting that the city’s Police and Fire Commission—which met in closed session earlier this week—has suspended its search for a new chief for the NHPD.

(For more on this story please see the April 8 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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