|Duvall cancels Carnation police contract|
|Written by Valley View Staff|
|Monday, 14 October 2013 10:28|
The Duvall City Council announced at its Sept. 26 meeting that the city was cancelling its longtime police contract with Carnation.
The mayor and council members explained at the meeting that the Duvall Police Department is short-staffed and that Carnation residents had rejected two recent police levies.
The announcement came as a surprise to the smaller city, said Carnation City Manager Ken Carter.
"It was a surprise, since were working on a proposal and getting ready to meet with them (Duvall), when this happened," he said.
The contract will conclude the end of December, he said, adding that negotiations with King County are scheduled for sometime this week. He did confirm that voters there rejected the last two levies presented to them.
[Because of that], he said, Carnation asked Duvall if they could reduce staffing levels to 12 hours a day, but that affected staffing and morale issues.
"We prepared a budget for that, but they say it is a difficult situation because there is no long-term funding. Now we will also have to contract with the jail, courts, domestic violence advocates and other services on our own. We will do the best we can."