West Liberty police to get new headquarters


The village of West Liberty has purchased a building to house its police headquarters, ending months of deliberations and negotiations.

Village Council members agreed to buy the building at 111 Runkle St. The council had looked at a number of buildings within village limits, finally settling on the Runkle site because of its proximity to the downtown area.

RELATED: West Liberty school shooting suspect gets new court date

Plans were announced in 2014 to move the police station because of problems with the existing building. West Liberty Police Chief Shane Oelker was asked to start looking at options.

“The building that we had been in … wasn’t an adequate facility,” Oelker said. “Finally, after a lot of discussion and input from the community and with the council, we made a decision to purchase an existing building to renovate.”

The West Liberty Police Department’s station at 201 N. Detroit St. — once a private residence — was built in the 1800s and is considered one of the oldest buildings in the village.

The property was purchased by the village in the mid-2000s, and not much renovation was done to it when the department moved in stated Oelker.

DETAILS: West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

“The house (office) that we were in just wasn’t suitable to store evidence in, wasn’t suitable to conduct interviews and things like that in,” Oelker said. “This new building will be able to have those necessary facilities put in.”

The village has confirmed that engineering contracts have been signed and that mostly interior renovations will be done, with some minor exterior renovations planned for security purposes.

It is unclear at this point when the renovations will be completed, stated Oelker.

“I would hope that maybe by the first of next year we would be in, maybe sooner,” he said.

The department is currently operating out of a small room behind the library until renovations are completed on the new building.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School
Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Payton Chatfield School: Northeastern High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Cross Country, Swimming and Track Claim to fame/honors: First Team all OHC, Second Team All County, Regional and State Qualifier, Academic All Ohio, and Scholar Athlete Words you live by: “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the...
Student of the Week Northeastern High School
Student of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Meara Franzen School: Northeastern High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Extra-curricular: NE Volleyball, Student Government Treasurer, National Honor Society President, Spanish Club, Leo Club, Student liaison to BOE Claim to fame/honors: Still waiting to make my claim to fame. In good time…. Words you live by: “Life moves by pretty fast...
Florida man from Paradise, California working to help family who lost everything in deadly fire
Florida man from Paradise, California working to help family who lost everything in deadly fire

A Jacksonville, Florida, man is trying to find help for his mother and brother who lost everything in the deadliest wildfire in California history. His family is from Paradise, where teams are searching for more than 1,000 people. Mark Hudson’s home in Paradise is now nothing but ashes. “It’s just really surreal, all of it. It&rsquo...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

UPDATE Nov. 18 @ 12:23 a.m.: The Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Mt. Vernon woman Betty Shaw has been canceled. FIRST REPORT Nov. 17 @ 10:47 p.m.: An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Mt. Vernon woman last seen leaving her residence on Crooked Street wearing a red coat. Betty Shaw, 80, left her residence on Saturday...
Look up! Leonid meteor shower visible this weekend
Look up! Leonid meteor shower visible this weekend

Calling all cosmophiles: The 2018 Leonid meteor shower peaks this weekend. With clear skies, there's a good chance you may be able to see a meteor early Saturday and Sunday nights. According to the American Meteor Society, spectators can expect 10 to 15 meteors per hour during this year’s peak times: the early morning hours of Saturday...
More Stories