INEZ, Ky. – At a special meeting, the Inez City Commission voted 4-1 in favor of abolishing the town’s police department.
The commission voted to abolish the police department to prepare a balanced budget for the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year.
The topic had been discussed at another special meeting held the week before. At that meeting, Commissioner Danny Sparks explained that the city was basically paying someone $43,000 a year to unlock cars and turn off alarms. Sparks further stated that the city had received a very small amount of money from tickets issued in the last two years.
During the most recent special meeting, Commissioner Sparks made the motion to abolish the department. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Dennis Hall.
During the vote to abolish the police department, Commissioner Terry Dalton cast the only no stating that he didn’t want to see anyone lose their job.
By abolishing the police department, the city will save $43,000 a year since the city will no longer be required to pay the police chief’s salary.
The commission explained that Crum will be paid for two weeks of vacation pay and his regular monthly salary for June before the department is closed.
“The fact of the matter is that the police department has been a drain on our revenue and we have seen nothing in return,” Mayor Fraley stated. “We have to come up with a balanced budget. We have looked at every area to make cuts. Keeping the police department open was not an option,” Fraley continued.
At the meeting, the commission also voted to sell the town’s two police cruisers as well as all police equipment.
Following Monday’s meeting, Commissioner Hall contacted Martin County Sheriff, John Kirk and explained that his department would need to increase patrol in the Inez area.