By Steve Plunkett
Ocean Ridge town commissioners can still decide to contract with the Sheriff’s Office for police services, despite news reports that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has pulled the proposal.
“It’s not off the table,” Town Manager Ken Schenck said May 16.
Schenck said sheriff’s officials told him they would not actively pursue a contract after Ocean Ridge residents voiced strong support for keeping the town’s police force at a standing-room-only workshop May 8.
Schenck estimates transferring police services to the Sheriff’s Office would save the town $544,000 the first year or about $410 in town taxes for the owner of a home valued at $500,000.
Commissioners will decide whether to continue negotiations at their June 4 meeting.