Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun, mrcalhoun@cbs.com)

ST. CHARLES (KMOX) – St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer got what he wanted on Tuesday.

Voters approved the formation of a new police department, a move he proposed and the county council put on the ballot several weeks ago. The new police department will take over many of the duties and employees of the current sheriff’s department.

Why? Neer said the growing region would be better served by a police department fashioned after a more urban area, like St. Louis County.

The police chief, unlike the elected sheriff, will be chosen by the County Executive out of a group of professionals with required experience in law enforcement.

The switch-over takes place in January, 2015.

“It’s not really that complicated,” Neer said. “All we’re doing is re-organizing the organizational chart, as we know it today.”

He is forming a committee with various types of employees to ensure a smooth transition. In the end, the sheriff’s department will be left with just doing court security and transporting prisoners.

And Sheriff Neer’s next move?

“‘I’ve got three choices: I could apply for the chief’s job, I could re-file for [re-election as] the sheriff or I could turn in my badge for a fishing pole,” he said. “I won’t decide for at least another year.”

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