A tiny north Florida town known as a speed trap is losing its police department. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday sent out a press release that reads as follows:
The Waldo City council voted tonight to disband the Waldo Police Department effective at midnight, October 1, 2014.
This means that all law enforcement functions will be assumed by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Currently employed Waldo Police Officers will be on paid administrative leave until October 31, 2014 in order to seek alternate employment.
Acting Captain Steve Maynard’s tour of duty as the interim Police Chief will end and he will resume his normal duties at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Darnell expressed her sincere appreciation to Waldo City Manager Kim Worley for her cooperation during the last 30 days and wants residents to know that there will be no break in law enforcement coverage.
As always, residents can expect professional and courteous law enforcement services from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Waldo is one of the only two U.S. towns dubbed a speed trap for police.