Court decision that worries Montgomery County police chiefs coming Monday

Montgomery County and Trotwood officials say a final decision has been made on relocating county municipal court facilities — one that has worried some police chiefs — but the county declined to elaborate until an announcement Monday.

But in August, the county administrator said Trotwood would be the likely beneficiary of a new facility.

The county has been re-evaluating its two municipal court facilities in the face of declining caseloads and the lack now of bus service to New Lebanon, where the Western Division court is currently located. The Eastern Division office is in Huber Heights.

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Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert said in August that the western facility would likely move back to Trotwood, where it was situated about 20 years ago.

Trotwood has the highest traffic and civil case level on that side of the county, but whether the Western Division needs a satellite court or larger facility was yet to be determined through further study, he said at the time.

“There will be a county presence in the west, it’s just a matter of what that footprint looks like,” he said in August.

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Police chiefs from western Montgomery County voiced their concern to county commissioners in August, worried about rumor that the that all county municipal court activities would be consolidated in Huber Heights.

The announcement will be made at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Trotwood Community & Cultural Arts Center, 4000 Lake Center Dr., Trotwood.

Trotwood actively worked to head off an entire consolidation in Huber Heights, according to Fred Burkhardt, executive director Trotwood Community Improvement Corporation and City Housing Director.

A proposal created by Trotwood made a case for it being the most economic and service-friendly site for relocated court functions.

“Given the most likely sites (Trotwood and Huber Heights), a Trotwood location offers the most cost effective, administratively efficient location,” the report reads.

The Western Division serves Brookville, Clay Twp. Farmersville, Jackson Twp., Jefferson Twp., New Lebanon, Perry Twp., Phillipsburg, Trotwood and Verona. The Eastern Division serves primarily Huber Heights and Riverside.

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