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Meigs officials vote to close doors on police department

Controversy once again surrounds the city of Meigs. Monday night, the city voted 3 to 2 to shut down the police department. (Source: WALB) Controversy once again surrounds the city of Meigs. Monday night, the city voted 3 to 2 to shut down the police department. (Source: WALB)
"The citizens of Meigs do not want the police department closed, they need to feel safe at all times," said former Chief of Police Gary Price. (Source: WALB) "The citizens of Meigs do not want the police department closed, they need to feel safe at all times," said former Chief of Police Gary Price. (Source: WALB)
"It's going to take longer than the police department would because we're not right in the city limits of Meigs, our north zone officer would be the first one to get the call," said Capt. Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office. (Source: WALB) "It's going to take longer than the police department would because we're not right in the city limits of Meigs, our north zone officer would be the first one to get the call," said Capt. Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office. (Source: WALB)
Cheryl Walters, the new Meigs mayor, said she will do whatever it takes to make sure the people of Meigs have a police department or some form of law enforcement. (Source: WALB) Cheryl Walters, the new Meigs mayor, said she will do whatever it takes to make sure the people of Meigs have a police department or some form of law enforcement. (Source: WALB)
MEIGS, GA -

Controversy once again surrounds the city of Meigs.

Monday night, the city voted 3 to 2 to shut down the police department.

The doors are locked, and all patrol cars are parked in the lot. City council got rid of the police department immediately. which means other agencies are having to step up to help.

"It's been a tough tenure here and this has been an ongoing process with the battle of the council, the council members fighting amongst themselves. And trying to keep the police department functioning with the lack of man power and the lack of support from the council," said Gary Price, former Chief of Police.

The decision was effective immediately.

Price said he just wants the community to remain protected by law enforcement.

"The citizens of Meigs do not want the police department closed, they need to feel safe at all times," said Price.

For the time being, this means the Thomas County Sheriff's Office will be responding to calls in the Meigs area.

"It's going to take longer than the police department would because we're not right in the city limits of Meigs, our north zone officer would be the first one to get the call," said Capt. Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

And if you look at a map, part of Meigs is actually in Mitchell County, meaning two agencies will now have to step in the absence of the Meigs Police Department.

"There's a portion of Meigs that resides in Mitchell county so there was no inner-office agreement with any agency. With no agreement you know, who know? You understand? So that's an issue," said Price.

Although there might be hope for Meigs. Cheryl Walters was sworn in as Meigs new mayor Wednesday morning.

Walters said she will do whatever it takes to make sure the people of Meigs have a police department or some form of law enforcement.

"My first priority is to make sure that the citizens of Meigs are properly protected but whatever means necessary to do that. The citizens of Meigs deserve to have law enforcement present," said Walters.

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