Galesburg is shutting down its police department

Galesburg's interim police chief, Jeff Heppler, was fired by the Galesburg City Council. Now, the council is disbanding the department. (WWMT/FILE)

The Galesburg City Council is shutting down its police department. Instead of hiring new officers, the city will be patrolled by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

The council voted to disband the department during a Thursday meeting.

The decision comes just weeks after the city fired Interim Police Chief Jeff Heppler, leaving the city with a one-man police department. Heppler had been the interim police chief since 2014, while also serving as police chief of neighboring Augusta, Michigan.

Negotiations between the city and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department are ongoing, city and county officials said. City Clerk Karen Bresson declined to comment on the matter.

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