- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

NEWTON, Miss. (AP) - The mayor of Newton has scrapped the idea to do away with the city’s police department.

The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1PczSwG ) reports Mayor David Carr openly dropped the idea from consideration at the city board meeting Tuesday night.

A month ago, Carr mentioned closing down the police department and allowing the sheriff’s department to patrol the city amid budget concerns.

Carr says the proposal to do away with the department was just an idea he floated to see where it goes. He added that what he had looked into was merging the department with the county so that it could supply the city with 24/7 deputies like what they have with police. He says that would have saved about $300,000 a year.

Police Chief Harvey Curry had said he disliked the idea.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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