Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, July 9

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sheriff praises staff for efficiency

To the editor:

For the past three years of my administration, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department has completed the fiscal year under budget. As such, we have turned back the extra funds into the Bedford County to help in these tough economic times, During the past three years, we have tried to save money was best we could by cutting back in extras around the office, limiting the use of resources, giving up the right for salary raises, and generally "tightening our belts." The Sheriff's Department is giving back 5 percent of the overall budget back to the county ­­-- an amount that will significantly help the citizens of Bedford County. I would like to take a moment to thank the key people involved in making this financial planning possible and beneficial to Bedford County.

First, Chief Administrator Larry Lowman and Lt. Trey Arnold have been instrumental in helping the Sheriff's Department meet the budget­--and even come in below it. They have kept us aware of the finances and spent countless hours trying to find ways to make the department run more smoothly for less funds. Mr. Lowman and Lt. Arnold are in charge of three different budgets associated with the Sheriff's Department, all of which were under budget for this fiscal year.

Next, the whole Sheriff's Department has banded together to help meet the budget for the year. Chief Deputy David Williams, Jr., Captain Tony Barrett, Captain David Williams, Sr., and Captain Becky Hord have managed the department with great success and have been more than helpful when looking at financial matters. Also, as the director of the Juvenile Detention Center, Troy Thompson, has worked very hard to make sure that the program is run efficiently. In addition to these hard-working individuals, we would not be able to function so effectively without our office staff, Penny Cooper and Lisa Jacobs, keeping us appraised of the day-to-day financial matters we face. All of these individuals and the Sheriff's Department as a whole have worked very hard to achieve a great accomplishment.

Once again, I would just like to say thank you to all of the members of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department for making this administration so financially successful. I look forward to having another great year this year.

Randall Boyce

Bedford County Sheriff

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  • Maybe I'm just confused???

    http://www.t-g.com/story/1213296.html

    -- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 2:00 PM
  • No confusion...

    The sheriff's department is giving back 5% of the extra money they have asked for each year that was not figured into the prior budget. In other words, 5% of money added to their budget over the previous year is not being spent and we are supposed to believe it is some HUGE gift that it is being given back.

    In the department's defense though on two points...

    The deputies and corrections officers do deserve some type of raise for their hard work and dedication, but I also realize that in these tough economic times it is not feasible at this time.

    Point #2 is that the story you reference was not a wish list. It was either a state or federal mandate (cannot recall which) to have so many officers in place per capita or the county would lose numerous grants needed for the sheriff's department to operate without coming to the residents for more money via taxation or whatever means necessary.

    -- Posted by ghostrider on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 6:20 PM
  • Wow, what a great letter! My boss never personally says "thank you" or "great job" to any of her employees, much less write a letter for all to see.

    -- Posted by ontheoutside on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 4:59 PM
  • I'm just glad there are offices that still try to cut costs where they can. There are still a few out there. I wish the people that run the Comm Center would read that and feel a little guilty about all the out of control spending they are doing under the attitude "use it or lose it". They must be afraid their budget might get cut in the future if they give some of that money back. Good Going Sheriff's Dept. on caring enough to try to keep the county from going broke. I wish all the county offices would take a lesson from you!

    -- Posted by justmytwocentsworth on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 1:11 PM
  • Despite all the negative comments law enforcement usually receives on here, they really do try. Some people will never believe that no matter who the Sheriff is. There are necessary costs involved in running such a department and they can be of great expense sometimes. But who among us are able to put an actual price on safety and public function. These things do cost money and unfortunately tax revenue is one source of that. However there are a few revenues the department as a whole brings in that nobody ever brings up that does off set a good portion of the budget.

    Why those numbers are never brought to the table I will never figure out.

    Example, if the Jail had a 2 million dollar budget and brought in revenues of say 1 million dollars, well they actually recouped half of what local tax payers put in, right? But you will never see such comparisons. They will never "turn a profit" but most times the end figures are actually not as shocking as the original appropriations on paper.

    Thank's to those who are willing to give a little credit for those you actually do try.

    -- Posted by SirJim on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 9:29 PM
  • So, tell us again how much it's costing the county to prosecute the "Cheetos" assault case?

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 2:38 AM
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