Moffat County Sheriff’s Office enters into agreement with Dinosaur
May 8, 2015
Moffat County Sheriff's Office has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Dinosaur to provide law enforcement in the area.
The contract will provide Dinosaur with a designated deputy at a rate of $48,000 annually, but that doesn't cover the entire cost. Moffat County will have to absorb additional expenses.
Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said the annual fee does not cover full-time equivalent or benefits and the county is ultimately responsible for the remaining amount.
An intergovernmental agreement between Moffat County and the town of Dinosaur had been in place from 2009 to June 2014 before Dinosaur decided to terminate it.
"They realized that wasn't the best thing to do," Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said, explaining that personnel matters had made it difficult to provide the necessary law enforcement.
Hume said Dinosaur is required to provide some form of law enforcement.
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"They have the legal responsibility to provide law enforcement services within the incorporated areas of their town," se said, adding that the agreement will put them in compliance with this requirement.
Mayor of Dinosaur Richard Blakely said the Sheriff's Office always provided good service in the past and he thinks reentering the agreement will benefit his community.
"Public safety — that's the priority," he said.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census, Dinosaur has a population of 339.
Moffat County Commissioners approved the agreement at their weekly meeting on Tuesday.
Grobe said the two entities are entering back into "basically the same agreement we had a year ago."
Applications for Dinosaur's new deputy are currently being reviewed, Hume said.
Both Grobe and Hume agreed that the intergovernmental is the best option for providing law enforcement in Dinosaur.
"It's truly the most efficient way for our communities to work together in providing law enforcement services to all of the citizens of Moffat County," Hume said.
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