The future of a police force

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RICEVILLE, IOWA – We told you back in June about a Riceville Police Chief being put on paid administrative leave.

And now the city council has decided to terminate Kim Orth.

Mayor Dean Eastman had told us that it was a personal matter, and now nearly two months later Orth is officially out of her police job.

But it seems the town of Riceville is staying pretty closed lip on the law enforcement situation they are facing.

The city council took the time Monday night to discuss what steps needed to be taken in deciding on if they want to pursue a discussion with both Mitchell and Howard County Sheriff’s Office in seeing how much it would cost them if they turned law enforcement over to them, or if they want to hire a new police chief.

“They’ve taken very good care of us, both counties have, those sheriffs have stepped up and above and beyond this place to live,” said Mayor Eastman.

According to Eastman, as of right now the city only has one part-time police officer.

Mitchell and Howard County Sheriff’s Office have been helping patrol since June 12th.

The City Council is supposed to hold a special session meeting with Sheriff Beaver from Mitchell County on August 28th.

However, a date has not been set to meet with the Howard County Sheriff.

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