Hinckley Alleges Breach of Contract in Police Services
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Pine County, and city of Hinckley plan on sitting down before the end of the year to discuss the future of police contracts in Hinckley.
The issue arose at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The city of Hinckley is alleging that the Sheriff’s Office is in breach of contract because they are not receiving daily sheriff’s logs and 10 hours of daily service as stated in the contract.
County Attorney John Carlson:
Hinckley argues that they were not getting the full 10 hours of service because the deputy assigned to the city lived in Grantsburg and drove 45 minutes to work, which was counted as his service time.
The county replaced the deputy from Grantsburg with one who lives just 15 minutes from Hinckley.
County commissioner Steve Chaffee believes the Sheriff’s Office has addressed the city’s concerns:
The county contracts with three cities (Hinckley, Pine City, Sandstone) and Widemere Township.
The county raised the price of police contracts from over $36 to $42. Sheriff Mark Mansavage says this is 52-percent of the cost of putting an officer on the street.
County Commissioner Steve Hallan.
Mansavage told Red Rock Radio after the meeting that he does not expect layoffs.
The County Board plans to address the issue again at its January 5th meeting.