Council Intends To Negotiate Contract With Sheriff’s Office
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:44am News Staff
City & County To Discuss Law Enforcement Contract In Special Meeting Tuesday
Eureka city councilmembers agreed last week at their regular meeting that they will not accept the city’s contract with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office as-written for 2018. Instead, they will ask the Sheriff’s Office for different coverage “levels” to consider. The city council has budgeted $234,000 for the 2018 contract, which would begin in January, if approved. Earlier in the year, Sheriff Heath Samuels asked for a budget of approximately $262,000 from the city, an increase of $30,000 from the previous contract amount of $232,000. There have been many council discussions over the last few years about whether the contract is effective and “worth” what the city is paying. The city of Eureka is the only city in Greenwood County with a contract with the Sheriff’s Office. The contract requires at least one deputy in the Eureka city limits 24/7. It also allows deputies to enforce city ordinances. The city of Madison pays a housing stipend for three law enforcement officers to live in the area, but they do not contribute to the sheriff’s budget for additional coverage.
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