(Exira) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office has been approached by the City of Exira about the possibility of entering a law enforcement sharing agreement.
The need arose following the retirement of the lone police officer in Exira. Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson says he could see a potential agreement with the city of Exira working very well.
“I think it would have uniformity to it. I think there would be a financial benefit for both entities; the City of Exira and also the County. And I think the coverage would be very good,” states Todd Johnson.
Johnson says the problem with having one police officer in a small community is a lack of around the clock coverage.
“They work their forty hours, but you still have the one hundred and twenty-eight hours in the week that has to be covered,” mentions Sherriff Johnson. “Which if they would go contract with the Sherriff’s Office, they wouldn’t just be getting one person, they would be getting a whole sheriffs department and we’d be giving them coverage all throughout the day and all throughout the week; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.”
The Sheriff’s Department would need to expand which would come at an estimated cost of $85,000. The decision though is not up to the sheriff’s office, it is in the hands of the City of Exira.
June 21, 2013