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Brillion will not be policed by Calumet County

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

By David Nordby

The Brillion News

BRILLION – The City of Brillion being policed by Calumet County will not happen.

The county contacted Brillion Mayor Mel Edinger earlier this week to inform him that they will not send the city a proposal, citing multiple state statutes and the existing contract between the city and the association representing the non-command officers and the city, a union under state law.

The contract lasts through the end of 2022.

Edinger has said that looking at the possibility of the county's services was a cost savings effort.

“I'm going to rely on our police to present ideas (for trimming their budget),” Edinger told the newspaper.

Edinger and city officials meet with the police monthly and expects dialogue to continue after the exploration of the county's services.

“I don't think it's going to change that,” Edinger said.

Close to 15 citizens expressed desire to keep the department at a city council meeting earlier this month. Dozens more expressed support on social media platforms for the department.

The issue is now over.

“Without a proposal, I can't lead anyone astray,” Edinger said.

A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the contract as one between the city and the Brillion Police Department.


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