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DOUBLE DUTY: Deputies’ insurance coverage debated

August 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Sheriff Deputies have the opportunity to bank extra hours serving for other municipalities such as South Whitley and Churubusco.

However, should that officer get injured while serving in these other areas, who is liable for the cost?

This question was posed by County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday when Sheriff Mark Hodges approached the leaders with the scenario.

“Our off-duty officers have the chance to serve these other towns,” Hodges said. “It’s good for them and for the towns they serve. I’m not opposed to it. I just don’t want to be seen as hiding anything from our insurance carrier.”

County Attorney Dan Sigler said he would prefer to review what ever agreements are drawn up between the county and the towns using the off-duty officers.

“I think we do need to let our insurance company know this is happening,” Sigler said. “I don’t think there will be a problem. I think it’s better to be safe.”

Hodges informed the commissioners that email correspondence had already taken place between himself and the county’s insurance company.

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