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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Press Release: Police Contract Refund to the City of Ketchum

The Blaine County Sheriff and the Blaine County Board of Commissioners are proud to announce that on August 19th, 2019 a check in the amount of $135,991, generated from savings through the law enforcement contract, was paid to the City of Ketchum, Idaho.

Over the past 10 years, this contract, in which the Blaine County Sheriff’s office provides law enforcement services to the City of Ketchum, has resulted in savings of over $927,000. Through proper management, leadership, supervision and fiscal responsibility, the taxpayers of Ketchum have been the beneficiaries of these savings. This cash refund represents the third in a series since the contract began in 2009 which includes payments of $141,166 in 2013, $243,609 in 2017 and $135,991 in 2019 totaling $520,766 in cash refunds back to the City of Ketchum. Additional contract savings were also used to purchase equipment estimated at $307,000, including 8 patrol vehicles and ancillary law enforcement equipment over the last 10 years. These savings have all but eliminated the need for the City of Ketchum to budget for a police car and assures that a reliable fleet of vehicles is maintained. $100,000 remains the Ketchum trust account to cover payroll liability and major incidents.  

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office continues to be successful in saving money while also providing excellent law enforcement services to the citizens of Ketchum and its visitors. “We are honored to be allowed the opportunity and trust to provide these crucial police services. We have a great team of trained, professional, and dedicated staff in our Ketchum Police Division,” said Sheriff Steve Harkins.  

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted August 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am

CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536    End.### 

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