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Community members turned out en force Thursday night to voice their opinions on a proposal to dissolve the Youngtown Police Department and contract services with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. During the Town Council meeting, councilmembers decided unanimously to contract services with MCSO. Thursday, December 1, 2011. (Dave Martinez/Daily News-Sun)
Youngtown Mayor Mike LeVault listens to former mayor Bryan Hackbarth verbally lambast the Town Council during one of the most contentious moments of a meeting to decide the fate of the Youngtown Police Department. Facing a financial crisis, the Town voted unanimously to contract their police services to the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office at the end of a three hour meeting. Thursday, December 1, 2011. (Dave Martinez/Daily News-Sun)
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, and staff members were on hand to answer questions posed by the Youngtown Town Council Thursday night at a meeting to decide the fate of the town's police department. At the heart of the issue is a finacial crisis that led the town council to contract services with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in order to save money. The decision dissolved the small police department in the town. Thursday, December 1, 2011. (Dave Martinez/Daily News-Sun)
Youngtown officer Sean Hennessy speaks with media members immediately following a decision by the Youngtown Town Council to dissolve the department and contract public saftey services with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.
Maricopa County Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan discusses the services Youngtown would have avaliable if the Town Council choose to contract its police services with the MCSO during a meeting Thursday night. Though the number of officers on patrol at one time would not change, Youngtown would gain access to the network of resources avaliable to the Sheriff's Office.
Betty Alton makes her remarks during the public comment session of a contentious Town Council meeting Thursday night in Youngtown.