DELLWOOD, MO (KMOX) – Wednesday evening’s Dellwood Board of Alderman vote on dissolving the Police Department, never happened. This would have been the fourth meeting, the other three, Tuesday, Monday and last Thursday ended with no vote being taken because four aldermen boycotted the meetings. Those four Aldermen are against contracting with Saint Louis County Police, they contend the majority of residents do not want the Dellwood Police force to be taken over by Saint Louis County. Additionally, residents say they want to vote on the measure.
A Saint Louis County Police sergeant and lieutenant have been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department since the Dellwood Police Chief was placed on indefinite administrative paid leave.
However, the City Manager Frank Myers says that’s not feasible. Dellwood’s budget expires December 31st and without a quorum, Aldermen can not vote on the budget or the police control issue. The City Attorney for Dellwood Donnell Smith says legal action, forcing the aldermen to perform their duties, can be taken. But Mayor Loretta Johnson has to give Smith the green light to file the writ.
There is not another Aldermanic Board meeting scheduled until the end of December. However, Thursday night, there is supposed to be a police board meeting at Dellwood City Hall.
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