By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Register votes to suspend police department
Mayor: Financial woes lead to decision
After making a purchase, a customer at the County Line makes his way past a sign warning patrons not to speed through Register. The town's city council voted to indefinitely suspend the police department at a meeting Tuesday night. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file
Register Town Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to temporarily suspend the Register Police Department, effective Dec. 31.
The vote followed lengthy discussion of the town's financial challenges. much of which Mayor John Williams attributed to the police department, citing unnecessary spending and expenses exceeding revenues.
Council member Barbara Rushing said not all the town's financial woes are due to the police department. She told the council hey  need to continue to meet until all financial issues are resolved.
Council members juggled numbers to come up with a way to meet immediate demands, setting aside a couple bills that can be delayed for a short time,  The solution will cover this week's payroll for all town employees as well as cover debts that are immediately due.
The council met for about two hours before voting to suspend the police department.
Read Thursday's Statesboro Herald for the full story.
Sign up for the Herald's free e-newsletter