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City Of Burley, Cassia County Consider Next Steps
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Recently we told you that Cassia County and the City of Burley signed a two year contract to continue their law enforcement services.
For more than 27 years, Cassia County and the City of Burley have shared the responsibility of enforcing the law.
It's the only place in the state of Idaho where a city and a county have teamed up to do that.
Cassia County Commissioner Dennis Crane says, "The people in Burley are members of Cassia County. It is one force run by the sheriff so we don't have so many other problems that go along with two forces."
Having two different law enforcement agencies would do two things, both of which add up to more costs. It would mean duplicating existing services, as well as eliminating the teamwork and resources now being shared.
Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward says, "Because without the contract, I stood to lose a good portion of my staff. Young officers, young families. I didn't want to see them in the unemployment line."
Burley's mayor has a suggestion for improving the negotiations next time.
Mayor Terry Greenman says, "I believe if we could have two independent parties sit down and look at the reality of the cost. And then come back to us and say this is what we're seeing, this is what the reality is, what do you want to do? I think that would be most helpful."
Now both sides are looking forward to the future.
The two year contract means the City of Burley and Cassia County won't have to negotiate again until the summer of 2015.
September 11, 2013.