'Ridgetop, TN — The town of Ridgetop, Tenn. made a rather substantial move this week in an attempt to save money, so they dissolved the entire police department. The decision to fire all the cops happened on Monday night, and yet the town has not yet descended into utter chaos. Imagine that.
The decision to dissolve the department happened Monday during a special-called meeting to decide how to save money after controversy arose about writing tickets.
“It was all budget,” said Ridgetop Mayor Tony Reasoner. “We can’t afford it. Hopefully, and I’m going to float this idea with the board, but I think we need a 4-5 member board of citizens to come up with ideas on our future. Do we need a full-time or a part-time police department, or do we let the sheriff … cover it?”
The Ridgetop police department had a budget of $429,000, said Reasoner, who also serves as the city’s fire chief. He’s been with the city since 1989.
The police budget included revenues of $258,000, mostly from ticket writing, but Reasoner said that figure had been steady since 2006, when it jumped up from $120,000.
"The department wrote six tickets in May, but the chief (Bryan Morris) kept saying he could keep a fully-staffed force for $289,000," Reasoner said. "We told him we had $129,000 in the budget because we couldn't count revenues from tickets.
"We never heard anything else."
Showing exactly how this corrupt system functions is the fact that, according to a secret recording, city officials were apparently unhappy that the department wasn’t writing enough tickets.'
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