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September 11, 2012

Sheriff to lead City-County Narcotics Unit

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

PALO PINTO – In a type of role reversal, the City/County Narcotics Unit is soon to be under the administration of the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, Palo Pinto County Commissioners approved an amended and restated interlocal agreement between the PPCSO and the City of Mineral Wells. Sheriff Ira Mercer said his office will now command the unit.

The city and county first entered into an interlocal agreement to combine resources toward a joint narcotics unit in September 2006. The purpose of the unit was to provide “mutual support in the fight against drug crimes.”

Since then, both entities have contributed funds toward CCNU; however, since its inception, the city oversaw command and managed its budget. Both the city and county are in agreement to change the command over to the PPCSO and clarify fiscal responsibilities for the unit.

“The command of [CCNU] will be streamlined down to my office,” Mercer told commissioners.


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