(09/28/12) - The Saginaw County Sheriff says 'no deal' when it comes to taking over the Saginaw Police Department.
It was back in April when we learned the city asked Sheriff Bill Federspiel what it would take for his department to take over the city police department.
Federspiel presented a policing contract proposal in August, but now the sheriff says he doesn't want to work on a contract with the city.
He says there are a few reasons why he does not want to enter into a policing agreement with the city of Saginaw. He says not only have residents told him they don't want to see it happen, but he says he feels Saginaw would not be able to sustain the level of officers he feels is necessary to police the city, which is 108.
Federspiel's decision comes as a public safety advisory committee held what was expected to be its last meeting. It was possible the committee would have a recommendation about the future of the city's police and fire departments at the meeting, but the committee's spokesperson, Carol Cottrell, says the group will meet again.
"We are going to continue our discussions, we reached no recommendation, we are just an advisory committee for the city manager, and so we are looking at all options," Cottrell said.
The committee was formed in April, but Cottrell says the fact a recommendation hasn't been made yet doesn't mean trying to find a new business model for public safety for the financially strapped city has been difficult.
"I wouldn't use the word difficult, I would use it as we are trying to come up with something that's not short term but long term and sustainable," Cottrell said.
Getting back to the sheriff, Federspiel says he would reconsider a policing contract with the city, if the county commissioners ask him to do, but he says they haven't as of yet.
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