City Manager Henry Tingle says it’s costing them too much to contract with the county. "It has to do primarily with saving money and basically local control and we’ll start negotiating with the Sheriff’s Department on the transition strategy." The trasition period is expected to take about 18 months.
A community advisory committee says Citrus Heights could save about a million dollars a year by creating its own police department. But opponents of the switch say Citrus Heights will have to compete with other local cities for a small pool of qualified officers.
Tingle says they’re putting together a generous and competitive salary package.