Drug Court funds expected to be approved by Quorum Court


A resolution that would provide matching funds to meet a grant from the U.S. Justice Department for the adult drug court is expected to be approved Monday when the Jefferson County Quorum Court meets at 5:30 p.m.

The resolution authorizes County Judge Mike Holcomb to apply for the grant, and guarantees that the county would provide $10,000 to go along with the drug court’s in-kind services to help fulfill the 25 percent match required by the justice department.

In a letter to Holcomb and the Quorum Court, Jones said the grant would be used for training for members of the drug court team, improved job placement and training services for participants, and supplies to conduct more community service and family bonding programs.

Cash from the county would be applied to benefits for a full time employment specialist to work with drug court participants.

The resolution was recommended for approval last week by the Judicial and Finance committees of the county’s legislative body.

Also expected to be approved are the following:

• A resolution reappointing David Price to the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Board.

A resolution appointing Gary Don Gray to the Jefferson County 9-1-1 Administrative Board replacing Steven Ferren who resigned.

• An appropriation ordinance setting a 2012 budget of $8,829.20 for the State Homeland Grant Security Program.

• An appropriation setting a 2012 budget of $10,346 for the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention program.

• An appropriation setting a 2012 budget of $7,000 for the Citizen Corp Council.

• An appropriation that would add $8,555 to the annual salary of the Legislative Assistant/Grants Director for the county.