SYRACUSE – Otoe County and the City of Syracuse are currently in negotiations for a new contract that would allow the sheriffs office to continue to have a strong presence in the city.
The two entities are currently in a one year contract that will end on September 30th. In that agreement, as well as past contracts, the city pays Otoe County $180,000 per year and lets the sheriffs office use the city office building for business.
Wednesday night, at the Syracuse City Council meeting, the Otoe County Board of Commissioners, who negotiate for the sheriffs office, offered a three to five year deal, with Syracuse paying $180,000 annually. Otoe County also wants increases of three to five percent per year, to cover cost of living increases.
According to city clerk Kelly Farmer, the city responded by offering a straight-forward three-year deal, at a cost of $180,000. In the city’s offer the county could continue to use the city office. No annual increases were offered by the Syracuse council.
The offer has been sent back over to the commissioners for more discussion.
The agreement between the county and city allows the sheriffs office to essentially patrol Syracuse as a city police would. The sheriffs office currently is able to keep a strong presence around the school and strictly enforce city ordinances.
Syracuse does not have a city police force.