ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul says a number of residents are suggesting an outsource of the police department as a means of saving money and opening up space for city offices.
Ellisville would, in theory, contract with St. Louis County for policing services.
Paul says residents are proposing the idea, but he is not entirely convinced.
“I personally haven’t seen the numbers of what kind of savings is provided, but I do know that once the county does take over a police jurisdiction , they generally retain 70-80 percent of your police force,” Paul says.
Saving money could be a big factor in the decision, as Ellisville considers spending millions to purchase an old Mercedes dealership to convert into a new City Hall. Paul says one option could be staying put and expanding into the police building for more space.
“The last thing that we want to do is remove the police department and transition over to a county police jurisdiction,” he cautioned. “The public perception of our police department is that they truly love them. Those guys work hard.”
Meantime, Paul adds that some residents — mostly concentrated in one district, he says — are pushing for a merger with Wildwood, which he opposes.
“As far as being annexed or merging with a neighboring municipality, that is not on the table from a council’s perspective,” Paul says.
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