Letter to the Editor, July 9
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.
Bedford County Sheriff
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