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City to revisit merger study

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The Madera City Council on Wednesday will revisit the issue of whether to participate in a study of the potential in merging the county’s three law enforcement agencies. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. after the council’s closed session at 6 p.m.

The council last month deadlocked on whether to spend $95,000 in grant money to participate in a public safety study to determine the feasibility of combining the Madera Police Department, Madera County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Chowchilla Police Department under one agency.

The vote was a tie, with Councilwoman Sally Bomprezzi absent. Councilmen Brett Frazier, Gary Svanda and Andrew Medellin voted in favor of the study, while Councilmen Donald Holley and Derek Robinson, along with Mayor Rob Poythress voted against it.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department would fund the study. However, the cities and the county would be responsibility for any money over the funded amount. Early in January, the Madera County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the study...


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