Tenakee Springs says no to VPSO contract

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Tenakee Springs no longer has local law enforcement because the city could not reach an agreement for a new contract with the Tlingit-Haida Central Councils Village Public Safety Officer program.

The city had until Friday to reach agreement with Central Council, which maintains the program with funding from the Alaska State Troopers.

The officer provides law enforcement, firefighting and prevention, emergency medical services, animal control, and water and boating safety to rural communities that may not be able to afford to provide it for themselves.

The city decided last June to end its contract with Central Council when it expired this year because it did not feel the program was a good fit with the community, according to a written statement to the Juneau Empire from Tenakee Mayor Janice Eagle.

Robin Lown, VPSO supervisor for Southeast, said even though the city did not meet Friday's deadline, state troopers would continue to fund the program in hopes an agreement can be reached.

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