TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) – The city Troutdale east of Portland has decided to abolish its police force in favor of a law enforcement contract with the Multnomah County sheriff’s office.
The Oregonian reports the City Council approved the 10-year deal Tuesday by a 4-3 vote.
Supporters say it means pay increases for police officers because they’ll become deputies, who get better pay, as well as taxpayer savings in the city of 16,000.
Opponents said the contract was approved too hastily. They sought a public advisory vote.
The city figures its next police budget would be $4.5 million, but it will pay the county $3.7 million instead.
The city employs 27 officers and support staff. Under the contract, it would pay for 16. Other workers would fill county vacancies.