PARIS, Maine (AP) - A proposed one-year trial merger of the Norway and Paris police departments has been rejected by voters in Paris.
The measure was defeated in a 41-41 vote on Monday night. It needed a majority to pass.
Norway voters had approved the trial merger in June.
The Police chiefs in both towns had expressed approval for the move. They said a merger would lead to a more efficient use of resources, put more officers on patrol and more resources into the investigation of serious crime.
If the one-year trial merger was deemed a success the towns would have worked on a permanent merger.
Both chiefs tell the Sun Journal the proposal now appears dead.
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