Black River Falls will wait to disclose how much it may cost the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement services for the city.
The Chronicle recently made an open records request for the sheriff’s department’s preliminary cost estimate for providing services, but the city will withhold the figures until it also has received proposals from the police chief and police union.
The proposal is part of public business involving competitive factors and therefore the public interest and public policies against disclosure outweigh the disclosure of the preliminary Jackson County Sheriff’s Department proposal for law enforcement coverage for the city of Black River Falls at this time,” City Administrator Brad Chown wrote in response to the records request.
The city has given the sheriff’s department, BRF Police Chief Dave Frederick and the BRF Professional Police Association until Aug. 19 to provide a “general operating plan” for providing 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week coverage for Black River Falls, including operational and capital expenses.
Chown said all proposals will be released Aug. 20.
The city began looking at options for law enforcement earlier this year in the midst of a potential need for 2015 budget savings.