Commission discusses school resource officer, Revenue Office personnel

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Revenue Commissioner Sherry McSwean appeared before the Crenshaw County Commission Monday morning during its work session and asked for one to two extra employees to be temporarily hired for the Revenue Office in the Appraisal Department on contract pay just until the month of June.

McSwean said that she needed the extra employees to help the department to get &#8220caught up.”

&#8220I'd like the opportunity for them to come in after 4:30 p.m. and work a few hours and pay them $8.27 an hour,” she said.

McSwean said that there would be no benefits with these temporary positions.

Commission Chairman Ronnie Hudson said that McSwean needed to have a contract drawn up with the employees' specific duties written within it.

&#8220I've got to have someone who can do this work, someone who is preferably already trained,” McSwean added. &#8220We're only looking at probably a four-month period, so maybe $1,300 to $1,400 total per person.”

&#8220We're not talking about major money,” McSwean said. &#8220It will probably only be for about 16 weeks.”

&#8220We are also hiring another person in addition to this,” McSwean added.

Sharon Hendrick is the new person hired for the Revenue Office.

Hudson told McSwean that she needed to draw up a budget/pay amount and bring it back before the commission for approval.

In other business, Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West presented the commission with a $10,000 check for the operation of the jail.

Also, Comm. Sankey asked to discuss putting a school resource officer at Highland Home School.

&#8220The school wants the deputy to follow a schedule so they could prove that he was up there doing specific things,” Sankey said. &#8220They want him for at least six hours (a day).”

Sankey said that he'd like to see the Crenshaw County Board of Education pay 75 percent of the deputy's salary and keep the deputy for nine months, then allow the deputy to work in the sheriff's department the other three months, but the board of education already had its budget in place for this year.

&#8220Highland Home School doesn't have the benefit of Luverne High and Brantley High to have the police there in three minutes if they needed themŠ.Highland Home School is a problem waiting to happen,” Sankey said. &#8220We need the school board and the sheriff's office to sit down and iron this thing out.”

West said that Deputy Jason Blue presently works at the school in the mornings and in the afternoons.

&#8220The commission is always very concerned about the safety of our kids at school,” Commission Vice-chairman Ronnie Blackmon said.

&#8220We need to let the board of education come to the sheriff and work out an agreement, then bring it to us to implement it,” Commissioner Ed Beasley said.

In other business, the commission unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Mr. John Frank Courson who retired Dec. 31, 2006, with 38 years of service with the Bureau of Transportation. Courson has served the last 17 years as the Bureau Chief of the County Transportation Department.