Petition Asking for Valley City Police Department to be Disbanded

A petition to allow signatures to be gathered to disband the Valley City Police Department has been approved.

The sponsoring committee has to gather 465 signatures from people in the city.

If approved, voters would decide whether to approve an ordinance that would hand over police duties to the Barnes County sheriff.

Police Chief Fred Thompson will remain on the job until further notice.

Last year he said he would resign to spend more time with his family in Nevada.