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Sheriff says legislation could hurt government coffers

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Proposed legislation could change the way divorce and other civil papers are served in Georgia and it would cost sheriff's offices big bucks.

Right now, Sheriff's deputies serve criminal warrants and civil papers, but House Bill 284 would call for certified process servers to handle the delivery of civil papers.

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul says that could be dangerous because the people serving papers wouldn't be law enforcement and may not be prepared for dangerous encounters. 

Plus, his office is projected to bring in $532,000 this year for serving civil papers.  That money pays for the eight deputies who deliver those documents on any given day and keeps taxpayers from having to foot the bill.

Sheriff Sproul said, "We're possibly facing more unpaid holidays in the future, cutbacks possibly in the workforce in certain areas and it's a grave concern for all the sheriffs in the state."

Sheriff Sproul says everyone in southwest Georgia should be concerned and should contact their representatives in opposition of the bill.

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