BERKELEY, MO (KTVI)-- Several concerned Berkeley residents called Fox 2 wondering if their police services in their city would be contracted out to the St. Louis County Police Department.
The city currently employs 43 commissioned police officers.
The city has a $1.3 million budget deficit.
Fox 2's Anthony Kiekow spoke with the city manager about the police department.
"Some information was received from the county," Nathan Mia-Lombardo said. "There is no plan, no proposal, no contract."
Mia-Lombardo also said "every department is being examined."
He believes the city can find away to close the budget deficit without getting rid of the police department.
"We are very close," he said. "We are doing everything we can to avoid layoffs."
The city is facing budget problems now, but it recently spent $11.5 million for a new fire station and city hall.
The buildings were opened in 2012.