Town council approves 'Going out of Business Sale' for police
SORRENTO- The town council overwhelmingly approved selling off police equipment Tuesday night.
City leaders declared police cruisers, guns, desks - everything once used by officers - as surplus property. It allows the city to sell the merchandise to other area departments or at a public auction.
Last month, voters decided to shut the department down for good after months of scandals. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is handling police duties in the town.
But, newly-elected chief Fern Barnett remains on the job since she won an a special election to be chief since all other candidates dropped out before the election. Barnett has been at odds with town officials over her being able to collect a salary to run a department that, essentially, does not exist.
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