Council approves police training center | News

Daviess County law enforcement officers will have a new training facility with a $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 loan approved by County Council from the forfeiture fund.

The money, which comes from fees and the seizure of funds from people convicted of crimes, is non-taxpayer money.

“It is important, when you have a body in charge of budgets, that actions are transparent even in cases like this where it is not taxpayers’ money,” said the Daviess County District Attorney, Dan Murrie. “It’s a pretty good part of the change and I want you to know that I appreciate you and that your law enforcement partners appreciate you as well.” This will help with retention and help reduce overall costs.

Murrie says the installation is really necessary.

“This is going to a training center for law enforcement officers only, so that they have a place to work on tactics and improve our policing services in the city and county in any way,” he said. declared Murrie. “More and more, the focus is on how we approach citizens. At the state level, the emphasis is on training and techniques and that is what we are going to do. “

The county council’s decision was one of many taken when organizing the council for 2022. The council chose Matt Meredith as its chair and Mike Sprinkle as its vice-chair. But before the new officers were put in place, outgoing President Tony Duncheon praised those officials who have helped him over the past year.

“I especially want to thank the Office of the Auditor for the assistance they have provided to me over the past year,” said Duncheon. “Everything goes through their office at one point and I spent many hours with Patty (Ball), Jennifer (Welsh), Misty (Becket) and Raya (Morris) as they explained things to me and generated reports for me. I want to publicly thank them. I also want to say that Daviess County has many excellent employees.

Part of the council meeting was to clean up some things from last year, like biweekly $ 748.37 credits for the county coroner, biweekly $ 181.18 for the office assistant and 183 , $ 59 bi-weekly for the assistant coroner.

“When they submitted their budget, they forgot the 27 paydays in 2021,” Meredith said. “It was something that was confusing for a lot of people. It was a matter of office.

An additional $ 20,000 for salaries and $ 1,530 for Social Security has been approved for part-time help in the Registrar’s office to help continue the book digitization efforts in that office.

The board approved a bi-weekly salary of $ 1,547 for two pays for a community corrections employee who retired in 2021.

The county approved an annual salary of $ 25,000 under the local health maintenance grant for a person responsible for running the tuberculosis clinics for the Daviess County Department of Health.

The board approved a Department of Health request to defer $ 7,737.50 in wages, $ 7,737.50 in office wages and up to $ 10,000 in part-time wages from last year.

The council approved an amendment to the county attorney’s salary to $ 1,851.85 biweekly. The change is the result of a new deal put in place by county commissioners giving the county attorney a retainer fee of $ 50,000 per year, but under certain circumstances it allows them to bill the county by the hour. .

“It puts us in line with a lot of other counties,” said Councilor Mike Myers. “It also matches how the City of Washington lawyer is paid.”

Council also approved a credit of $ 59,366 to cover the salary of the road foreman.

As part of the organizational process, the board made several appointments. These include the Alcoholic Beverages Commission-Natalie Smith, one-year term; Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board (PTBOA) -Jerry Harbstreit, one year term; Redevelopment Commission-Mike Healy, a one-year term; and Washington Economic Development-Tom Richardson, a one-year term.

The board member boards have remained the same with Meredith serving on the redevelopment commission, Darin Holder working with regional mental health, and Mike Sprinkle as the board representative to the Southern Indiana Development Commission.

“We made a lot of progress last year,” Meredith said. “It’s great to work with this board. I have had the privilege of working with Tony as Vice President. Everyone communicates well. Everything is thought out and meticulous. The budgets have gone really well and I think we’re going to have a great year as a board. “

Milton S. Rodgers