Bluffs to talk to county about merging Police services

The city of Scottsbluff will move forward on conducting a nationwide Police Chief search over the next 60 days, but will also look at the possibility of consolidating law enforcement services with the county.

Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger told KNEB News merging services with the county was not something that was looked at several years ago when the discussion simply involved Gering, so staff was directed by council Tuesday night to talk to county officials about whether it would provide better service, be more efficient, and put more officers on the street for the same amount of money.

Meininger says the structure of such a merged department is something the staff has also been directed to research. Meininger says the council nixed the idea of hiring a public safety director to coordinate the city's police, fire and emergency services.

The council also directed staff to take bids on the steel building on the former Aurora Loan services site. The bids must be a minimum of $400,000 and must include details on what the bidder plans to do with the building, including the number of employees to be hired and the payroll and benefits that will be offered. Meininger says the council wants to find the proposal that will provide the best economic development for the community.

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