WOOD HEIGHTS, MO – Police officers in Wood Heights will reportedly be out of a job May 18, 2018.

According to a Facebook post Tuesday by Police Chief Jared Sartin, city officials voted unanimously Monday, April 16, during a closed session, to disband the police department. Aldermen cited budget concerns, according to Sartin, as the reason for the move. Sartin also indicated the decision was made without providing notice to officers, or obtaining feedback. The Wood Heights municipal court system will also be shut down in May.

The Ray County Sheriff’s Department will be taking over the duties of law enforcement in the city.