DELLWOOD (KMOX) – As uncertainty lingers over the Dellwood police department, officers are leaving the department for greener pastures.
“Officers are being presented with offers from St. Louis County, and we’ve already lost four, I believe,” and Mayor Loretta Johnson says it’s leaving the city short-staffed.
Monday night, four aldermen didn’t show up for another scheduled board meeting, preventing a vote on a St. Louis County police take-over of the department. They’ve given no indication as to when they’d be willing to return.
Mayor Johnson says the exodus of officers has her asking St. Louis County to cover the day shift, which would allow the remaining Dellwood officers to patrol at night.
She likens her request to one department offering mutual aid to another — and says it has nothing to do with that potential take-over. Still, she says those hold-out aldermen thought that she’d signed a contract for the take-over and “accosted” her outside City Hall.
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