Washington city councilman Doug Mercer says he continues to gather information on the pros and cons of consolidating the Washington Police Department with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Mercer tells WITN he went to the sheriff's office awhile ago to ask if such an idea would be possible and to work out the numbers and the positives and negatives. He says the idea is to save the city money.
At this time Mercer says he is still awaiting more information before making a presentation before council and says there have not been any formal discussions on the issue.
Mercer says even if council would approve such a plan, the consolidation would not happen this year.