The Gilman and Onarga police departments have been mulling the concept of sharing the cost of using police officers who would be provided by the county rather than employing their own officers, but that idea has now been officially dropped following meetings by both boards Monday night.

Both communities are currently without their own police force: Gilman’s chief retired several months ago and has not been replaced and Onarga has been hiring officers from other departments, including the county, for several months.

Officials from the two town boards met with Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen and Iroquois County board chairman John Shure on Jan. 26 to discuss a possible agreement for providing police protection for both using county officers and what it would cost.