In an unexpected appearance before the City Council, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson proposed the consolidation of the sheriff’s department with the Madera and Chowchilla police departments.
Anderson told the council Wednesday that he had recently learned of Madera Police Chief Michael Kime’s decision to retire. Kime is retiring after almost 10 years on the job and 44 years combined in law enforcement.
“The chief and I have talked about this a couple of times. I would suggest (the City Council) consider a consolidation of the sheriff’s department and the Madera Police Department,” Anderson said. “Perhaps a study in the next few months... and take a look at it from an economic and operational level.
“Perhaps the time is now, with the opening of his position and the economic situation the city is also facing. Savings from eliminating the duplication of efforts could be significant.” ...