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County leaders and Sheriff headed to court

July 30, 2003

Albany - A Judge will decide if Dougherty County commissioners illegally slashed services in the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Jamil Saba has filed suit against the county claiming commissioners had no legal right to get rid of the department's criminal investigators, crime scene unit, and patrol unit.

"Commissioners studied the budget and the services provided by the Sheriff's Department," said County Attorney Spencer Lee. "They found there was a duplication of services with both the city and county police forces. So, commissioners decided not the fund those Sheriff's Department services this year."

Each commissioner is named in the suit. A hearing is set for August 13th. A judge from outside Dougherty County will hear the case.

Posted at 3:40PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com