DE SOTO, MO – Monday night the De Soto City Council voted to end its contract with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The temporary arrangement had been in effect since last week to help the city’s police department with management and additional patrols.
The city has experienced over the past couple of years a shortage in manpower and funding.
At one point the city was fighting a former chief wanting increased funding for salaries and services provided to city residents. Residents in a town-hall meeting last week demanded that the council find funding to keep their own police force, along with increasing salaries for officers.
Tonight’s meeting produced a new police chief, Jeff McCreary for the beleaguered department and keeping its own police force.
No word on if the council increased funding for salaries