Councilman proposes dissolving Fort Myers police department for Sheriff’s Office to take over
FORT MYERS, Fla.– A Fort Myers Councilman has started a discussion about dissolving the Fort Myers Police Department for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to take over.
“It’s just purely based on the fact that (Fort Myers Police) Chief Diggs may leave,” said Fred Burson, Fort Myers Ward 5 Councilman.
Recently, Chief Diggs applied to become the police chief in Columbus, Ohio.
Diggs is one of 34 applicants, but if he landed the job, Burson wants to turn the city over to Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.
“Instead of just hiring another individual that we don’t know, Sheriff Carmine, he does a great job, so why not look at him,” Burson said.
Fort Myers Police said in a statement on Thursday that this is the first time they’re hearing about the proposal.
The police union is ready to fight back.
“The PBA is not only strongly against turning law enforcement services over the sheriff, but we will fight the measure with whatever it takes,” said President of Gulf Coast PBA Matt Sellers.
This idea isn’t a new one. In 2013, voters were given the chance to dissolve the Fort Myers Police Department and let the Sheriff’s Office take over but nearly 69% of voters turned it down.
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