- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Ga. (AP) - The city council in the east Georgia city of Washington has decided to quit funding the police department.

The action came during a Thursday night council meeting, with a 4-3 vote.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1pivj3L) that for several weeks, council members and Mayor Ames Barnett had been debating the idea of closing the department in an effort to balance the city’s budget.

Barnett said some employees will be hired by the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department, which will take over patrolling the streets of Washington along with troopers from the Georgia State Patrol.

Following Thursday’s meeting, the department was set to close effective Friday.

Washington is about 100 miles east of Atlanta.

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Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , https://www.augustachronicle.com

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