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Cities' leaders not impressed by consolidation plan

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- City leaders say they are not impressed by plans to consolidate police and fire services in three Kent County communities.

Elected leaders from Wyoming, Grand Rapids, Kentwood met Thursday night at Wyoming city hall to hear a consultant's presentation on the plan. 

Under the proposal, the three cities would combine forces to create a metro police department and a fire-rescue authority.

The plan would cut costs in the three cities by more than $17 million a year by reducing staffing from 751 full-time positions to about 650. 

But leaders say the outside consulting group, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), left them with questions and concerns about combining the cities' forces.

"I'm not against working together," says Wyoming city councilman Richard Pastoor.  "I think we can accomplish things, but I don't think ICMA did any justice to easing my doubts about this."

Elected leaders from the three cities plan to take the consultant's information for more study.  They say the next step in the decision process may take awhile.