Wellston officials vote to disband police department - KMOV.com

Wellston officials vote to disband police department

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WELLSTON (KMOV.com) - The Wellston City Council voted Monday night to disband the municipality's police department .

Wellston Mayor Nathaniel Griffin told News 4 the decision to disband the department was made to save the city money. Griffin believes the city will save $300,000 per year.

Wellston said it is entering a police co-op with Vinita Park and Vinita Terrace. The 13 employees of the police department will be given an opportunity to apply for jobs with Vinita Park.

Vinita Park Police Chief Tim Swope said his officers began patrolling Wellston immediately after the decision. 

However, some people in the area said they are not pleased with the decision.

"It's bad," said one resident. "Leave it alone, let it be, keep it how it is..." 

Authorities said they are currently working around the clock to make the merge a smooth transition. 

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