City staff is now evaluating one councilman's plan to explore contracting the city's police protection with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department.
Councilman Paul Henderson approached Salt Lake County Sheriff Pete Hayward recently and found him interested in taking over the city's police services, which would result in the disbanding of West Jordan's police department and the restructuring the city's fire department.Henderson said figures the sheriff's department gave him indicate the city could save about $1.3 million each year - more than half of the current police budget - by contracting with the county. Henderson wanted a sub-committee of two council members to work with the staff, but the council opted to let the staff work on its own and report back to the entire council.
City Manager Ron Olson said the review will take at least one week.
Henderson also invited Riverton Mayor Dale Gardiner to tell the West Jordan Council about Riverton's experiences since contracting with the sheriff's department for police services nine years ago.
"In my seven years as mayor I have never had a complaint," Gardiner said. "He (Hayward) just takes care of us."
Gardiner said West Jordan's circumstances will be different than Riverton's because West Jordan's investigations division alone is almost as big as the entire Riverton police department was at the time it was disbanded.