LE contract still under study

bpdAs the City of Bishop faces ongoing budget challenges, officials decided to at least explore the idea of a law enforcement contract with Inyo County. Sheriff Bill Lutze and his team continue their preliminary investigation of costs. Meanwhile, the City Council scheduled a workshop for today to look for other ways to save money.

The Sheriff met with City Administrator Keith Caldwell and Police Chief Chris Carter last week to review law enforcement details like what happens with patrol cars, weapons, ammunition, radios and other equipment under a County contract. Chief Carter said, “The process is moving forward.” Carter said the Council will receive an update on this issue during their Budget Workshop this afternoon.

Asked if there were a deadline on gathering information for a contract, Chief Carter said when the Sheriff has compiled his preliminary figures, he will present them to the City Council who can then decide if they want to spend the money to bring in an assessment team from the outside to nail down a draft contract.

To some degree, Chief Carter’s fate will be driven by those decisions. He did confirm that if the Council does decide to contract with Inyo County, he would retire. He said knowing this is a possibility, he has investigated retirement. The Chief has served in law enforcement for 30 years.

As for the Budget Workshop, the Council scheduled discussion on taxes, Information Technology and team building. They also scheduled a closed session regarding public employment of a City Attorney. The workshop was scheduled to start at 2:30pm in the City Hall Executive Conference Room.

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5 Responses to LE contract still under study

  1. Bob February 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    How about figuring out if the employee’s currently working for bishop pd will have a job. Big talk about what will be done with weapons, ammo and other equipment. No talk about the 15 people that may have to try and find a new job, sell everything and move out of the area. Too bad nobody wants to tell them anything, sure would be nice to have a little heads up rather than reading about it here.

  2. Limbo February 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm #


    I am wondering what will happen to the supporting staff such as the dispatchers and office support staff? Have ou investigated this yet?

    • Benett Kessler February 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      None of these details are yet determined, but we will stay on top of it to report on personnel as soon as details are available.

  3. roger February 19, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Sounds like a good idea. I’m not saying the Bishop police are not good guys or that they don’t do a good job, but the sheriff provides law enforcement for the second largest county in California, 10,412 sq miles with the highest and lowest points in the contiguous U.S. Picking up the 2 sq miles and 3575 population of Bishop would not place undo strain on Inyo Co Sheriffs dept.
    The savings in duplication of equipment and personnel seem obvious, and if safety an service to the people of Bishop is not compromised lets do it.

  4. Trouble February 19, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    I’ll do a figure eight around the bars for free .


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