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Belle aldermen vote to contract police services to Maries County Sheriff’s Office

Belle Marshals office
Photo courtesy of Belle Missouri Marshal's Office
Belle Marshal Joe Turnbough's badge.


The Belle Board of Aldermen narrowly approved a vote Tuesday night to subcontract police services in the city to the Maries County Sheriff's Office.

Belle Mayor Josh Seaver said he had to break a tie vote. The board of aldermen scheduled a public meeting about the move in December.

Seaver said the city is working on how it will be implemented.

"There has been a contract drafted, as a starting point," Seaver said. "There will be some fine-tuning before implementation."

Belle Marshal Joe Turnbough said he enjoyed serving the city.

"It has been a true honor and privilege to serve as the Belle city Marshal," Turnbough said.

Seaver said the marshal office could close as early as Feb. 1. In a message late Tuesday night, Seaver said the aldermen and the city's attorney will work to smooth out contract negotiations with the sheriff's office.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


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