The search is under way for a new member of the administrative staff for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office.
This summer, Capt. Steve Levorchick, a long-time member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office retired after nearly a quarter of a century of service.
The departure left a significant void for this Ohio county along Ohio’s lakeshore.
“The captain of operations position is a vital one,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton. The captain oversees daily operations, coordinates between departments and watches overtime.
After serious budget talks a month ago, Ottawa County commissioners conceded the position needed filled – much to the sheriff’s relief.
“We are working on it right now. We really have been hurting without someone in this position,” he said.
The search for the full-time position is in the works now. Bratton hopes to go before the commissioners with a candidate before the first of the year.
He will also be allowed to hire another deputy for the detention center, where overtime has really become an issue.
The sheriff, however, still remains one deputy short in the patrol division. That position will go unfilled for now, Bratton said.
In his final year of service, Levorchick made slightly more than $53,000, with benefits, according to the Ottawa County Auditor’s office.