Community policing comes to Amherst

Portage County Deputy Jared Mayer fills new role

Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas is stepping up his office’s community policing commitment. Late last year, Lukas was authorized to add one additional deputy to assist with community policing throughout Portage County. Deputy Jared Mayer, a 12-year veteran of the office, was chosen to fill the newly created position. Due to public health concerns, formally initiating the position’s dedicated mission was put on hold. While everyone continues to take public health-related precautions, Lukas said he felt it was time to get Deputy Mayer into his new role.
Mayer will have dedicated weekly office hours in the Villages of Amherst and Rosholt. Other days, he’ll be specifically assigned to rotate among the Villages of Almond, Junction City, and other unincorporated areas including Bancroft, Polonia, and Kellner. Members of the public are invited to meet with Mayer if they have any questions, comments, or concerns they would like addressed or just to say hello.
Lukas said he is excited at the opportunity to have his staff be more accessible to the public. “While all deputies work hard to develop positive relationships within the communities they serve,” he added, “sometimes it can be difficult to accomplish in between all the other duties they are charged with performing. This position will allow more and better communications between the deputies and the public.”
Mayer’s schedule will be: Tuesdays: 8 a.m. to Noon, Village of Amherst Village Hall Wednesdays: 8 a.m. to Noon, Village of Rosholt Village Hall or Public Library Thursdays: Rotating between Almond, Bancroft, Junction City, Kellner, and Polonia.

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