Wright City, MO, aldermen approved creating a bank account to store money seized by the police department until it is ready to be transferred.
Wright City aldermen approved the creation of a new bank account where the police department can store seized funds during the Oct. 26 meeting.
Mayor Michelle Heiliger said the city checked with other municipalities and found that this is how most cities handle money seized by the police department. The new account requires two signatures before any money can be withdrawn.
“It’s just best practice these days to separate the money from the evidence room,” Police Chief Tom Canavan told aldermen during the meeting. “For example, we had a drug seizure years ago, $16,000 and some change. It just sat in the evidence room until that went through court and that was four years. And when I got that bag back out to take it to the circuit court’s office, I said, ‘would you take a stack of cash?’ And they said ‘yeah, I guess so.” But then I had it to count it all again.”
Canavan said putting the money in a bank account will make that transfer much easier and more secure.
“If we just deposited it into the bank, we’re done with it until we just need to write a check,” he said.
Aldermen supported the idea.
“That seems like a smart idea,” Alderwoman Karey Owens said. “I can’t believe we’re not doing that now.”
Aldermen approved the motion to create the new account by a vote of 4-0.
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