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Scottsdale police, fire departments to merge

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Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 7:34 pm

In a move to save money and streamline operations, Scottsdale's city manager is combining the police and fire departments into a new public safety department.

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell will serve over both departments as public safety administrator.

The Arizona Republic says Rodbell also will keep his role as police chief, a position he has been in since 2003.

City Manager David Richert says the merger is expected to save about $1.2 million on the fire side and hopefully similar savings on the police side.

Scottsdale officials say residents shouldn't expect to see any changes in service.

Once the next phase of next year's budget is in place, the city can move forward in selecting a new fire chief.

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