ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anne Arundel County Police sergeants and lieutenants have passed votes of no confidence in their leaders, saying budget cutbacks are hurting their mission.

The county’s Police Lieutenants Association and Police Supervisors Association voted Thursday on the resolutions against County Executive John R. Leopold and Police Chief James Teare Sr.

The Capital newspaper in Annapolis reports that an email it obtained indicates the local unions are coordinating with their national counterparts ahead of the upcoming budget period and contract negotiations with the county.

County spokesman Dave Abrams says all county departments have taken budget hits and pay cuts, but the county is trying to maintain its level of service without layoffs.

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