- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) - The Cedar Springs Police Department plans to disband next month and transfer policing authority to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

A county committee on Tuesday recommended the change. It says the county should accept a five-year contract to take over police services in Cedar Springs. Officials estimate the deal would save taxpayers $100,000 to $120,000 annually.

The move comes after Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent retired in August. City officials have considered the change since 2007.

Sheriff Larry Stelma says service should be enhanced if it changes at all. The city of more than 3,100 residents currently has six full-time officers. Stelma says he expects four will apply to jobs with the county.

The full county commission could vote next month for the contract to go into immediate effect.

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