County News # 1Captain Dan Butt with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 12th.  He will be laid to rest on Friday morning, February 19.  Sheriff Matt Hassel updated the County Commissioners on visitation and funeral services as well as how he will cover those wanting to attend the service and not be on the job.

The viewing for Captain Butt will be on Thursday, February 18th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Danielson Funeral Home.  His funeral service will be conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Plymouth Wesleyan Church.

The sheriff estimates about ninety percent of his staff will be attending the funeral on Friday.  He told the commissioners that he will have a ranking jail and patrol staff on duty to work with those who will be filling-in while his staff are at the funeral.  Hassel said he will try and fill any vacancies with his part-time employees first but will probably need assistance from other departments.

Officers from the Indiana State Police, Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department will cover patrols.  Employees of the Fulton County Jail will fill-in at the Marshall County Jail and Kosciusko County’s 911 Dispatch Center will handle dispatching for our county during the funeral services.

The sheriff told the commissioners he will reimburse the departments that send people to help.  Hassel told WTCA the Indiana State Police will not charge the county for services.  He will be asking the other department to pay their employees as if they were working at their own facilities and keep track of the cost.  He has asked them to send him an invoice for the charges.  Hassel estimated the cost to be about $1,760 and will ask the Auditor, Julie Fox to create a line item in his budget called Emergency Deputies and Turnkey/Dispatches and either seek an additional appropriation or transfer funds to cover the expense.

In other business the Sheriff was granted permission to allow two officers from the department to attend out-of-state training.  Hassel said the two-day training is for interviewing techniques and will be conducted in Nashville, TN in October of this year. The sheriff said the Detective Sergeant and the Drug Task Force officer will be the ones attending the training.