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Mayors Say Suburbs Not Getting Sheriff Coverage They're Paying for



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Mayors of some of Salt Lake County's suburbs say they aren't getting the police protection they're paying for.

Cities like Riverton and Cottonwood Heights contract with the county to have sheriff's deputies assigned to their area.

But city officials say when those deputies take leave from their positions -- sometimes for months at a time -- they're not replaced with other officers.

Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore says his city has suffered from four or five absences at once. He says he's not getting what he paid for.

But Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder insists that the county's suburbs aren't slighted when it comes to police protection. He says they are getting the people they paid for, plus help from deputies in surrounding jurisdictions.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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