Walker County Commissioners met Monday morning at the courthouse to hear budget requests.
The Sheriff’s department, with several employees, looks out for the safety of Walker County citizens.
From the Operations Bureau, Captain Tim Whitecotton explained budget requests to Commissioners. An increase of $5,500 dollars was requested for training conferences, an increase of $5,400 dollars for computer software, and an additional deputy was requested at $52,600 dollars in salary and benefits. Also, $300 dollars a month as a monthly fee for leased-vehicles for narcotics investigations was asked for.
Whitecotton also passed along a need for replacement vehicles . . . .
The unmarked unit is priced at $32,135 dollars, and the marked units are priced at $34,335 dollars each. There will also be a charge for graphics and in-car video.
Working with the Sheriff’s department is the Office of Emergency Management. Coordinator Butch Davis said the budget this year is basically not changing. The total budget for the department is about $125,0000 dollars, not including the Management Coordinator’s salary of close to $85,000.
Davis, who is also Chief Deputy, talked about the possibility of separating Emergency Management from the Sheriff’s department . . . .