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Commissioners decide on adding additional sheriff’s officer

The Stanly County commissioners decided to allocate around $60,000 for a new officer for the Sheriff’s Office during their budget workshop Tuesday evening.

During last Thursday’s budget workshop, Sheriff Jeff Crisco asked commissioners for two additional officers, totaling around $200,000, but as the commissioners debated the issue, they found they could only afford to find money, about $95,000, for one additional officer.

But the number fell to $60,000 for an extra officer during Tuesday’s meeting because the officer’s vehicle, which would cost around $30,000, would not be included, said County Manager Andy Lucas. The $60,000 would go towards the additional officer plus equipment and uniform.

Lucas said that the commissioners decided to add $12,000 to the sheriff’s budget for part-time salary.

The commissioners also decided to allocate $2,000 to the Board of Elections to go for costs for state-mandated training sessions for the officials.

The commissioners will meet again at 9 a.m. Thursday for more budget discussion.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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