Ipojuca January 07, 2021
BROOKSVILLE — A $1 per hour elevate was authorised for Bracken County court docket safety officers throughout a particular fiscal court docket assembly on Wednesday.
The fiscal court docket held a particular assembly to debate the sheriff’s price range. In the course of the assembly, Sheriff Howard Niemeier requested the court docket for a $2 per hour elevate for 3 CSOs.
In accordance with Niemeier, the CSOs presently make $9 per hour.
Bob Scott, who oversees the CSOs within the Bracken County Judicial Heart, stated the CSOs have labored tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and deserved the elevate.
“Due to COVID-19, they’re not doing as a lot, however that doesn’t eradicate the hazards they face,” he stated. “I selected to not lay them off, as a result of we’d like them. I heard that in different counties, deputies needed to be introduced in to cowl court docket as a result of the CSOs had been laid off. I didn’t wish to make our one deputy are available and canopy court docket.”
In accordance with Scott, the CSOs are greeting individuals on the doorways and dealing with the supply of paperwork and different needed objects because the courthouse has been shut down as a result of pandemic. They’re additionally working in courtrooms when court docket hearings are needed.
“I lower their hours, however saved them,” he stated. “They don’t simply go over there and sit. They’re working. They make $9. I’ve individuals who’ve labored there for the reason that justice heart opened and haven’t acquired a dime.”
Beth Moore, county lawyer, additionally stated the CSOs have labored for the reason that pandemic hit.
Niemeier stated he understands there have been some controversies concerning his workplace not too long ago, however requested the court docket not take that out on his staff.
“Should you’re mad at me, superb. However these are my staff. I don’t see a damaging right here,” he stated. “I may probably lose a type of people later this yr. If we get beneath the place we’re, I’ll need to put a deputy in there to cowl court docket.”
A movement was made for a $2 elevate. Nonetheless, Magistrates Scotty Lippert, Craig Miller, John Corlis, Doug Smith and Carl Allen voted no, inflicting the movement to fail.
Miller recommended a $1 per hour elevate as a substitute. That movement handed with Lippert, Corlis and Allen voting no.
In the course of the assembly, Niemeier was additionally requested in regards to the hiring of one other deputy for his division.
In accordance with Niemeier, he has had problem discovering certified candidates.
“I’ve had one good applicant,” he stated. “There are a number of good ones, however just one that’s educated. I can’t compete with northern Kentucky.”
He stated there are presently two full-time deputies and one deputy within the college system.
Niemeier was requested a couple of deputy that not too long ago left the division.
“It’s a must to go along with what you might have,” he stated. “I took an opportunity on him and it failed. I vetted him. We had suggestions from individuals, together with a KSP trooper, who stated he would do job.”