The McHenry-Lake County Village of Port Barrington and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department have apparently renegotiated their deal for the Sheriff’s providing police protection.
It must be cheaper for the 1,500 person village to buy police protection than to operate its own police department.
The Finance and Audit Committee will consider a new intergovernmental agreement at its meeting.
The memo explaining the deal says,
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Village of Port Barrington in past years for police services.
The partnership was described as a special detail where deputies would voluntarily sign up for blocks of hours with the village to provide police presence and enforcement.
Deputies were paid directly by the village however, and the county was not receiving any support for overhead costs.
The current Sheriff has been working with administration and the SAO to renegotiate these arrangement to allow for administrative costs to be captured and for deputies to be paid through the county’s payroll system. These details will still be based on voluntary sign ups at a rate of $45 per hour.
In addition, the Village has agreed to pay the county a fee of $5,000 annually in tow [two] equal payments for administrative overhead.
The MCSO will bill the village based on actual hours worked on a monthly basis.
I am sure there are other small villages who contract with the Sheriff’s Department for police protection.
Perhaps readers can identify others.