Moose Lake Council mulls cutting police

Coverage would come from the sheriff's office


December 8, 2023

Currently short-staffed, the Moose Lake's police department has been forced to go without coverage at times, interim chief Chad Pattison said.

The city of Moose Lake is weighing a proposal that would eliminate its police department in favor of using the Carlton County Sheriff's Office to conduct the city's policing.

The Carlton County proposal would staff the city with four dedicated deputies along with a half-time clerical position at a cost of $574,220.

"This is not a decision that the city council takes lightly," city administrator Ellissa Owens said.

During a tense Nov. 8 city council meeting, councilors and Owens described being put in a difficult position to have to consider alternatives, as the proposed $898,748 policing bu...

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