Wentzville Seeks Repeal of Former Chief’s Fugitive from Justice Ordinance

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The Wentzville Board of Aldermen will consider appealing a 2012 ordinance that created a fugitive from justice offense in the City of Wentzville.

The purpose of the ordinance, which was requested by then-chief Lisa Harrison, was mainly to recoup the costs of processing outstanding warrants from jurisdictions outside of Wentzville. It allowed police to add an additional summons from the City of Wentzville when the subject was found to have active arrest warrants from other jurisdictions.

“There will be no cost to the City, but the revenues generated will greatly benefit the City and help to offset the costs of processing, housing and man-hours spend dealing with individuals who evade the law,” city documents stated.

The fugitive from justice ordinance was first discussed at the March 14, 2012 board of alderman meeting. It received final passage by a unanimous vote of the board on April 11, 2012.

City documents for the repeal of the ordinance state that such an action would “eliminate the possibility of creating additional hardship to those individuals that may not otherwise ever have any interactions with the Wentzville Municipal Court.”

The fugitive from justice ordinance brought in nearly $46,000 annually, city documents state.

The repeal is up for a first reading at the May 13 meeting.