Quorum Court remembers Shock before meeting

With no dissent, the Jefferson County Quorum Court Monday approved a resolution that will provide matching funds to meet a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the adult drug court.

The meeting was the first since the death and funeral of long-time Justice of the Peace Cleddie Shock last week, and the chair where Shock sat for so many years was adorned with a red ribbon with his name on it and a red bow with the word “Razorbacks” (Shock’s favorite team) tied at the top of the chair.

In front of the chair, an envelope containing the Quorum Court packet for March was placed on the table, covered by a red rose, an empty coffee cup beside it because Shock always asked for coffee before the meetings began.

Led by County Judge Mike Holcomb, the members of the Quorum Court observed a moment of silence for Shock before beginning to take care of items on the agenda. Justice of the Peace the Rev. Alfred Carroll, who led the prayer, reminded the other members of Shock’s long record of service to the county and his dedication and hard work while serving as a justice of the peace.

Regarding the resolution for drug court funds, it would authorize Holcomb to apply for the grant, and guarantee that the county would provide $10,000 to go along with in-kind services from the drug court to help fulfill the 25 percent match required by the justice department.

Drug Court Judge Berlin Jones said the grant would be used for training for drug court team members improved job placement and training for drug court participants, and supplies to conduct more community service and family bonding programs.

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

Also approved were 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 Steve Ferren who resigned.

• An appropriation ordinance that will add $8,555 to the annual salary of the Legislative Assistant/Grants Director in the County Judge’s Office.

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

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

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

Before adjournment, Holcomb also mentioned the death of MECA Dispatcher Pam Ashcraft last week, and the death of the mother of his administrative assistant, Ron Jones, this past weekend, and asked the justices of the peace to keep “those families in your prayers.”