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County Council Approves Sheriff’s Requests

 03/14/13 Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin appeared before the County Council Monday to seek an additional appropriation and two transfers in his budget.

The Sheriff was approved to move $7,000 from wages overtime to a new line item, part-time clerical.  Chamberlin explained that this part-time position will include clerical and bookkeeping.  He asked how the transfer will affect his overtime budget the Sheriff said, “I will be close on overtime.”

The second transfer approved moving $1,000 from employer’s social security to repairs in the Lake Patrol budget which is funded through grant money.

The additional appropriation request in the Sheriff’s Department was for the Sheriff-Police Pension Fund.  Chamberlin said when he made the January payment he realized he had not turned in the appropriate paperwork last June to have that payment issued by the Auditor’s Office.  He indicated that the funds were not spent but left over in his 2012 budget and returned to the general fund after the end of the year.  The council unanimously approved the additional appropriation request.

The final item Sheriff Chamberlin discussed with the County Council ended up being a request to fill a vacancy. He said he received a letter of resignation last Thursday from a male, fulltime turnkey/dispatcher.  The employee is willing to help out as a part time staff member.  Chamberlin said, “It’s critical that we fill this position.”  He went on to say they had 182 inmates in the jail over the weekend and with number running that high it requires four to five staff on the floor. (A side note….5 years ago this month when the jail opened they had 67 inmates.) The council approved advertising for the position.

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