VERGENNES, Vt. (WCAX) “I will take a 10 thousand dollar cut in pay listen – it’s not going to hurt me,” Vergennes Chief George Merkel said at Friday’s City Council meeting.

Vermont’s smallest city just held an emergency budget meeting to decide if it can afford to keep police on the payroll.

The original proposal earlier in the week called for cutting two of the seven full-time officers at the Vergennes Police Department, hoping that would save the city some money.

The meeting was contentious, but in the end, the city’s police force will be at full strength for another year.

A smile and hugs from Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel just moments after the city budget passes.

All of his police officers are keeping

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