By Bill Boyle, Editor, The San Juan Record
The Monticello Police Department will disband June 30 and law enforcement services will be contracted through the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department.
A contract for the change was approved at the June 9 meeting of the Monticello City Council.
The five-year contract between the city and county is $230,000 per year. The contract is roughly based upon $100,000 for two officers and $30,000 in administrative costs.
Monticello City police vehicles and equipment will be transferred to the Sheriff’s department. The new contract accounts for that transfer.
The annual city budget for law enforcement has been approximately $335,000.
The Monticello City Justice Court will continue to operate. The Justice Court has had annual expenditures of roughly $120,000 and generates more than $200,000 a year in fines and forfeitures.
Tickets issued within the city will continue to go through the justice court.
City officials said they faced a number of issues that resulted in the decision, including increasing costs and the challenge of recruiting, training, and retaining officers.
The department was called a “revolving door” regarding employee turnover, and the issue has grown worse in recent months.
The department started the year with three officers, including Korey Dunn, Avery Olson, and Chief Clayton Black. Olson transferred to another agency and Dunn recently moved, leaving Black as the only employee. Black will work for the sheriff.