The Cosmopolis Police Department isn’t going anywhere in the near future.
Following a presentation by the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office in March, the city council has tabled any plans to replace the current police department in Cosmopolis with Sheriff’s Deputies.
Grays Harbor Sheriff Rick Scott spoke in front of the Cosmopolis City Council, explaining the costs behind the decision by other cities to do away with local police. At that time, he said the main reason was funding.
According to Councilman Carl Sperring, when they looked at the price to maintain the level of service the city already has, it became clear that now is not the time.
According to Sperring, to have Sheriff’s Deputies on duty at the same level as current police, it would increase the city’s cost by over $100,000 a year.
In March, both Scott and the council members said that Cosmopolis already has a well trained and effective police force, and that this conversation has nothing to do with staffing, but it is about the cost of operation.
A motion was made by Councilman Frank Chestnut to suspend the discussion indefinitely, saying that in the future there may be a need, but at this time the city has no issues with their police; financially or otherwise.
The motion to suspend discussion passed unanimously by all in attendance.