Thursday, November 15, 2012
New department will start Jan. 1, 2015. Committee will help make decisions about new logos, decals and uniforms.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Joe Barker
Thursday, November 15, 2012
By the slimmest of margins, voters in St. Charles County decided to create the St. Charles County Police Department. St. Charles County voters passed a charter amendment by 1,154 votes (81,812 yes votes to 80,658 no votes) to create the new police department. The changes are set to take place on Jan. 1, 2015. Sheriff Tom Neer plans to form a committee by the end of the year to start addressing concerns and issues related to creating the new department. "That committee will look at issues that may have slipped through the cracks and need to be addressed," St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer said. "They'll determine if they're going to change uniforms, what they'll be, what the decaling on the vehicles will be, and designing of the badge …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The St. Charles County Council approved putting a number of charter amendments on the November ballot.
St. Charles County voters will be asked to decide whether a council member should be removed from the council after accruing 12 consecutive unexcused absences. Council meetings are typically held twice a month. That's one of several charter amendments voters will consider Nov. 6. The others include a countywide smoking ban and exemptions to that ban, and whether to create a county police agency to handle the law enforcement duties which would be led by an appointed police chief. Read more about the proposed smoking ban here and the proposed police department here. The missed meetings issue arose after St. Charles County Councilman Paul Wynn began working as an independent contractor in Afghanistan in October 2011. Wynn was only able to …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
St. Charles County approved a bill to ask voters whether the county Sheriff's Department should switch to a Police Department with an appointed police chief.
St. Charles County could have both an elected sheriff and an appointed chief of police in the future. The St. Charles County Council voted Monday to put the issue on the November ballot and let voters decide whether to establish a county police department which would be responsible for law enforcement duties in the county. Under the proposal, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department would remain in charge of court services, prisoner transport, process serving. Council members John White, Terry Hollander, Joe Cronin and Nancy voted in favor of putting the matter before the voters. Council members Joe Brazil and Jerry Daugherty voted against the bill. County Executive Steve Ehlmann said he would sign the bill putting it before voters…