CHARLACK, MO (KPLR) - After much debate, the City of Charlack approved a deal Thursday to outsource its police department to the North County Police Cooperative.
Mayor Frank Mattingly said the city’s finances forced Charlack to look for options. The city was struggling to make its payroll.
Some citizens felt the decision was rushed. Charlack only received one other bid. That bid came from Velda City. That bid was lower than the bid from the North County Police Cooperative, but Charlack leaders felt some of the numbers in the bid were unrealistic.
The North County Police Cooperative will hire all five Charlack officers who applied for a job. The Charlack Police Department will be a precinct for the North County Cooperative. Chief Tim Swope promised at least one officer will be in Charlack at all times.
Mattingly said the move is expected to save the city more than $100,000 annually.