Posted: Feb 20, 2014 4:43 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Feb 20, 2014 6:33 PM
SORRENTO - The fate of a troubled police department could come down to a vote by the town council, and eventually its residents.
Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert published his plan to get rid of the police chief position and the department.
Two weeks ago, the previous chief, Earl Theriot, walked away from the elected office and admitted he'd had inappropriate sexual conduct with a drunk woman in his custody while on duty. He also guilty to lying to the FBI about it.
Last year, the department lost its insurance coverage, virtually handcuffing officers' ability to patrol the town. In order to legally close the department, Mayor Lambert said an ordinance must be approved by voters first. If it's passed, the city would contract out its law enforcement services.
The issue will be discussed at the town's March 10 meeting.