St. Louis County town likely to contract for police service
CHARLACK (AP) — A small St. Louis County town with a reputation as a speed trap may soon disband its police department and contract for law enforcement.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Charlack has received many complaints over the years for its speed trap along Interstate 170, near Lambert Airport. Meanwhile, a former police chief, Anthony Umbertino, was convicted of stealing from the city.
But Mayor Frank Mattingly says the final straw was a state-imposed limit on traffic ticket revenue. The city council is on the verge of signing a contract with North County Police Cooperative.
Charlack is among eight municipalities expected to lose police departments as a result of Senate Bill 5, which requires that St. Louis County municipalities' general operating revenue not exceed 12.5 percent from traffic fines.