ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK)
- Another North St. Louis County police department is being dissolved. This time ten Cool Valley Police officers will be let go.
The Cool Valley Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to contract with either the Ferguson or Normandy Police Department.
Cool Valley Mayor Viola Murphy says the decision was made based on performance and economic issues. Murphy says crime is on the rise in Cool Valley and cutting its under-performing Police Department could save the city $200,000.
"We had the community forum. We had a meeting with police officers themselves. They had an opportunity to give ideas and input, so we tried to involve everyone," said Murphy.
But not all residents are on board with the plan.
"We can make ways to improve our police department, improve our economics," said former Cool Valley Alderwoman Donna Dameron. "And going to another police department, I think is just a way out for the City of Cool Valley and the board."
Mayor Murphy says this process has been in the works for nearly five months and she believes this is the best option for the city.
The Board of Aldermen still has to decide which department to contract with. There's no word yet on when that will happen and Cool Valley officers will continue patrolling until then.
The Normandy and Ferguson Police Departments say they may hire some former Cool Valley officers.