Money for sheriff’s office, jail recommended for approval


With no dissent, two committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court recommended a proposed ordinance appropriating additional money for the sheriff’s department and jail be approved.

With Dr. Herman Ginger filling in for County Judge Mike Holcomb, who was absent, the Public Safety/Emergency Services and Finances Committees of the county’s legislative body said yes to transferring $337,000 from various funds to the maintenance and operations budgets of the sheriff’s department, adult jail and juvenile detention center.

The additional money will come from funds that were budgeted for salaries and benefits for employees that have not been spent because of high turnover.

Also Tuesday, a proposed ordinance to cover the costs of the November General Election and likely run-offs was recommended for approval.

“We knew this was coming,” Ginger said in presenting the proposed appropriation ordinance, which County Election Coordinator Will Fox has said should carry the commission through the end of the year.

A proposed appropriation ordinance that calls for spending $70,000 to repair equipment at the county recycling center was also recommended for approval. No county general money will be needed for that appropriation as the funds will come from the Recycling Resource Recovery Fund.

Finally, a $10,000 appropriation for the J.P. Levying Court to cover expenses for the rest of the year was also recommended for approval. That money will be used to pay costs associated with the publication of ordinances and to pay mileage for quorum court members.

All of the ordinances recommended for approval will be up for a final vote next during the court’s regular monthly meeting, Monday.

Justices of the Peace Mandy Alford, Alfred Carroll and Vannette Johnson were absent Tuesday night.