Alamogordo to mull splitting public safety agency
Posted at: 04/08/2013 10:52 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Alamogordo officials are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to split the city's public safety department into separate fire and police agencies.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the City Commission has already approved the proposal once before but has to vote on it a second time for it to become law. Officials believe the split is in the public's best interest and that it would help the city retain officers.
If the proposal is approved, the split would take place on July 1. City officials have said that the fire department would consist of current fire staff and would be augmented by a volunteer force.
A completely professional fire department would be several years in the making.
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