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Algoma City Council Approves Contract with Kewaunee Sheriff's Dept.

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Algoma City Council Approves Contract with Kewaunee Sheriff's Dept.

By Alex Hagan. CREATED Oct 17, 2013

ALGOMA, WI- It was a heated debate in Algoma. People speaking out at a city council meeting, upset the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is taking over.

Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over a plan for new management of the police department and while city leaders approved a contract with the sheriff's department, the public voiced their opposition. 

"Maintain that kind of relationship between the police department and the people," says Daniel Beck of Algoma.

Current Chief Terry Magno retiring next week. He and his officers questioning the lack of information given by the mayor. 

 "You can run this department with a chief and five officers," says Magno.
 
The public voicing their concerns citing lack of officer coverage. Mayor Wayne Schmidt says the police department will stay the same. Four officers will remain full-time and save the city $100,000 a year.
 
"Nothing will change. The citizens of Algoma will see nothing different except that there will be somebody different than the chief," says Schmidt.
 
City leaders also letting the public know they are signing a one year contract with the sheriff's department, meaning after 12 months they can decide to hire a new police chief instead.