There are several cities /counties in Minnesota that have done that. If you want to find out more, call Richard Fursman at 651.338.3533. He was a city manager of Maplewood, MN during or after the consolidation happened. Also Dakota County cities consolidated a while back. Person to talk to would be Dave Osberg, City Manager of Eagan now or I can get you the contact for either current or former DCC executive director (our firm did the search for executive director ). DCC is the agency that was formed that provides dispatching services across the Dakota county.