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City's deal with county sheriff falls through, layoffs expected

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Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

WNEM.com is following breaking news in Saginaw where it looks like we can expect to see dozens of layoffs in the police department.

One of the key players in getting a deal done to avoid public safety cuts said he's no longer interested. This decision could mean huge cuts to the public safety department, which would leave just 55 officers on the force as of this upcoming April.

During the afternoon session of the Saginaw City Council meeting on Monday, Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel presented a letter to city of Saginaw officially stating that the county is not willing to work with city of Saginaw and merge the city police with county deputies for city protection.

WNEM.com has posted Federspiel's letter to Saginaw Assistant City Manager for Public Safety Phil Ludos in its entirety below:

"Dear Mr. Ludos,

I have reviewed the contract draft proposal dated Feb. 12, 2013 and have discussed it with my staff. After careful consideration, I am not comfortable with the idea of policing the city of Saginaw under a contract for law enforcement services with only 84 sworn personnel. Therefore, at this time, I am inclined to reject the contract proposal that was sent to me by Mr. Earley on Feb. 13, 2013.

I am not opposed to discussing other options relating to law enforcement services within Saginaw County/Saginaw City.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this matter in greater detail.

Sheriff William L. Federspiel'

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