Trying to save money with a strapped city budget, the city of Foley had come up with a plan to replace its regular police protection with security guards. The plan would have saved more than $8,000 a month.
But concerns about the wisdom of the plan, including an inquiry from the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, caused the city council to reconsider, says the St. Cloud Times. And the city voted this week to go back to the Benton County Sheriff’s office — which had been providing the police service in the past — and ask for a new contract.
They’re proposing to pay the county a little less, and asking that the sheriff’s office provide a regular team of five deputies to handle the patrolling, so there’s consistency for residents.
Benton County commissioners now have to decide whether to approve the pact.