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Rothschild village leaders vote to keep own police force

ROTHSCHILD, WI (WTAQ) - A suburb of Wausau has decided to keep its own police force.

The Rothschild Village Board voted Monday night to scrap the idea of merging its police department with the Everest Metro department that covers Schofield and the village and town of Weston.

The proposed merger would have allowed Rothschild to add more patrols, and to have full-time detectives and a K-9 unit for the first time.

Former Rothschild officer Doug Radloff said the community would lose some of its identity without its own police department. He said the move seems more like an acquisition by a larger group than a true merger.

Other residents said the Rothschild Police Department is fine as it is. Trustee Dan Mortenson said a merger would have cost taxpayers money, noting that the current department is expected to have a $42,000 surplus for this year.

Under the merger, Rothschild would have had to spend just over $1 million next year to help pay for a larger Everest Metro police facility, with a contribution to the department’s fund balance – both through 2017.