PIONEER — The first Williams County Prosecutor’s Office Top Cop Award was presented Friday to Chief Tim Livengood of the Pioneer Police Department.
Livengood was chosen for his long-time devotion to the pursuit of law enforcement in the protection of his community, his hard work, and his tireless efforts in serving Williams County and the United States for the past 30-plus years.
He has been the Pioneer police chief for 13 years. Prior to that, he was an officer with the Montpelier Police Department for nine years, starting in 1995 as a reserve officer.
Prior to working at Montpelier, Livengood was in the Army Reserve, in the military police corps since 1987. As a member of the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Fort Knox; Germany, Illinois, Wisconsin, Japan. He was active in Operation Iraqi Freedom — military police corps and Desert Storm. He received degrees from Owens State Community College and University of Toledo. Livengood’s father was a police officer, which inspired him to seek that profession, he said.
“Chief Livengood and the Pioneer Police Department present my office with excellent, thorough investigations,” Williams County Prosecutor Katherine Zartman stated. “Even though they have less felony cases than other local departments, they are never lacking in the quality of their work. Each case presented to us I am confident in, because I know the work will be reliably complete, corroborated, and thorough. The evidence will be there, loose ends will be tied up, and the officers will be prepared and professional. And in my opinion, this is all Chief Livengood’s doing.
“Chief Livengood and the Pioneer Police Department are excellent at corroborating with other law enforcement agencies, including working closely with Michigan on cases. Pioneer is quick to respond in the event of any local emergency, and can be relied upon to assist in any investigation in a professional, courteous manner.”
Since becoming police chief, Livengood has made changes to the police department, such as revising the policy and procedure and recently adding a school resource officer. He and the Pioneer Police Department are advocates in support of all law enforcement officers across the nation. They often highlight fallen officers on their Facebook page.
“The support and respect Tim shows for other law enforcement officers is tremendous,” it was stated in the press release from the Williams County Prosecutor’s Office. “He does much to show that police should be given the respect and dignity that they deserve. Lives are on the line, and Tim reminds the public of that in a thoughtful way.”
Livengood is active in the local community. He is a member of the North Central Local Board of Education, vice president of the Williams County Veterans Memorial Building, and a member of AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Moose Lodge, American Legion Post in Pioneer and St. Patrick’s Church.
Livengood and his wife, Dareth, live in Pioneer. They raised five children and two stepchildren.