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Sorrento closer to entering contract with Ascension Parish sheriff for police protection


SORRENTO, Louisiana — The Sorrento Town Council is closer to entering into a long-term contract with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office after deciding for a second time not to pay newly elected Police Chief Fern Barnett the salary she claims she is entitled to under state law.

The Advocate reports ( ) Mayor Mike Lambert told the council on Tuesday that he hoped the town attorney could examine the $353,832 annual contract offered by Sheriff Jeff Wiley for round-the-clock police protection in time to place the proposed contract on the Dec. 2 meeting agenda.

Wiley said if the town enters into the contract, he would be the "exclusive" law enforcement provider in Sorrento.

On Nov. 4, Sorrento residents voted 65 percent to 35 percent to abolish the Police Department.

Information from: The Advocate,

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