The Manchester Local School District’s decision to hire a school resource officer is a welcome relief to the financially beleaguered Ohio River town.
Following budget shortfalls in 2015, the Manchester village council was forced to cut the town’s police department back to one full time and one part time officer.
In their Jan. 7 council meeting Mayor Robert Hilderbrand and Police Chief Jeff Bowling said they were searching for alternative solutions to bolster the police department through the coming year.
Pooling resources with the MLSD will allow the village to add another law enforcement officer to their bare bones department.
Bowling said that bringing back an officer who was laid off would be very beneficial.
Officer Josh Hays will be employed as a resource officer during regular session this school year. He will be available to both the school and the MPD during the summer months. Bowling called the arrangement a win, win situation for the school and the police department.
Hays rejoins the force as a part time officer.