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Type of Jurisdictions Involved

Village

Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • Village of Little Chute,
  • Village of Combined Locks,
  • Village of Kimberly

County

Outagamie

Region

Northeastern

Type of Agreement

Consolidation of Services

Implementation and Incubation

  • Previous sharing of services between Villages of Kimberly and Little Chute
  • Village of Combined Locks operated its own "in-house" police department
  • Before 2011 operating year, Village Administrator approached Fox Valley Metro Police Department about combining with Village's in-house department
  • greement went into effect in April 1995 - initiated a 66.0301 (2) agreement to consolidate 14 and 9 officer staff into a combined district with 17,000 residents

Factors Involved

  • Projected cost savings of approximately $561,563
  • Primary obstacle was gaining support of residents
  • Desire for economies of scale, enhances service
  • Communities already had close working relationship from the previous library merger
  • High degree of trust between Village leaders aided in the creation of this partnership
  • Some degree of opposition to the merger - more than 10% of voters signed a petition asking the merger be put up for referendum, although state law does not require approval by voters for consolidation of 'functional' operations

Benefits

  • Enhances service delivery
  • Cost savings
  • More efficient and streamlined delivery of services

Results

  • Original study showed that the merger might save up to $100,000 in operating expenses in the first year
  • These savings were found to be overestimated - Little Chute had to reassign some of their central administrative costs that they had directly assessed in their own police department
  • Each Village pays a percentage of the costs of the department based on a formula that is weighted by the populations and by the equalized valuations of each community- about a 40% for Kimberly and 60% for Little Chute split
  • Became 'Fox Valley Metro Police Department'
  • Some say real savings is from reducing the added costs for policing in both communities, which have been caused by increasing population growth over the last five years
  • Policing costs in the combined area per capita is about 6.2% below the average comparable sized city in 2000 based on per capita law enforcement costs
  • Enhanced quality of service - two full-time crime investigators, one community relations lieutenant working in schools, at festivals
  • Discussions with the Village of Combined Locks to join joint department as well

Project Contact

Sean Hutchison, Administrator

Village of Combined Locks

(920)-788-7740


Chuck Kell

Village of Little Chute Administrator

(920) 788-7380 ext. 202


Fox Valley Metro Police Chief Dave Peterson

Little Chute Village Administrator

Kimberly Village Administrator

Little Chute Financial Director

Agreement

Pages from Village of Combined Locks 0811.pdf?ver=2017-01-05-145220-007 Choose Your Region: Northeast
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