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Debate Over Onaway Police Department Continues

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An ongoing debate over police protection in one northern Michigan city continues.

The Onaway police department has only one officer, and they could lose him to budget cuts.

The city says they don't have the money to save the department, and the public is waiting for a decision.

While many are fighting to save the department and it's one officer, others say it's only logical to close it.

The contract of the lone officer, James Gibson, ended at the end of March.

Many are hopeful that the city won't close the police department's doors, and are concerned about their safety if the closure happens.

Others disagree, saying if the money isn't there, then Gibson will have to lose his job.

Gibson does have a potential opportunity to be hired as a deputy with the Presque Isle sheriff's department.

The city does plan to meet with the county within the next two weeks in hopes of coming to a final decision.

9 & 10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Jeff Blakeman attended the meeting to hear from both sides.