Sheriff's budget request trimmed
Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades' plea for help wasn't fully answered by the County Commissioners Thursday.
The commissioners Thursday chopped his request for 11 new correctional officers at the Washington County Detention Center to four in their $105 million working budget for fiscal year 1999, which begins July 1.
The commissioners also tentatively approved eight new deputies for the patrol division, a new computer employee and a secretary for the Sheriff's Department.
A federal grant will fund 75 percent of the salaries for the eight patrol deputies for three years.
The commissioners also tentatively approved hiring a private security firm to take over metal detector duties in the county's courthouses, and $100,000 to pay a shift differential to evening and midnight shift employees.