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DOT closes district to save money

DES MOINES (KWWL) - The Iowa Department of Public Safety is closing the Iowa State Patrol District 5 office in the western Iowa city of Cherokee. The move is a cost-saving measure. By eliminating the District 5 office, the six counties currently served by District 5 will be divided between the District 4 office to the south in Denison and the District 6 office to the north in Spencer.

Iowa State Patrol Chief, Colonel Patrick Hoye said, "We see this as a win-win. The District 5 Lieutenant and a secretary are planning to retire. The ISP used this opportunity to consolidate district offices and save $25,000 in facility cost and an additional $150,000 a year by not filling vacant positions."

DPS Commissioner Eugene T. Meyer said, "These are difficult budget decisions. Fortunately, by consolidating district offices, DPS help can avoid layoffs. Maintaining public safety is our top priority. This allows us to cut our budget without compromising public safety resources in western Iowa."

The land and the current District 5 building are owned by the State of Iowa. Troopers currently stationed at District 5 will continue to patrol their assigned counties once the district offices are consolidated. District 5 office is scheduled to close in March of 2010.

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