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At Monday evening’s meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court, Sheriff Shawn Stephens informed JPs the City of Pleasant Plains has decided to end its interlocal agreement with Independence County.
On May 13, the Pleasant Plains City Council approved an amendment terminating the 2017 agreement related to the sheriff’s department protecting the “persons and property” of the city’s citizens. According to a copy of the amendment, Stephens attended the May 13 meeting and also agreed to ending the agreement.
The amendment notes that “…no further performance will be owed by either party…” under the original agreement between May 13 and June 1.
No explanation was given as to why Pleasant Plains was ending the agreement. The original agreement noted that the City of Pleasant Plains was paying Independence County about $50,000 per year for the department’s service.
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