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September 9, 2002

Dougherty County - The Sheriff of Dougherty County says consolidating the county police and sheriff's departments will save more than $1,000,000 a year. Monday, Sheriff Jamil Saba asked county commissioners to combine the two departments.

Saba says consolidation will save nearly 1.3 million tax payer dollars. "We'll save money by reducing the number of cars we use and the number of jobs we offer," said Saba.

Saba says many of duties performed by the departments are redundant. The consolidation would eliminate about 20 police jobs. But, Saba says no one will be fired. "We will offered each employee another county job. He or she may be placed in the jail, sheriff's department, or elsewhere in the county government."

Saba's request comes as commissioners start the search for a new police chief, at the cost of $29,000. The County hired the International Association of Chiefs of Police to search for a replacement for retiring Chief Bill Kicklighter.

"We could continue to look for candidates," said Kim Kolhhepp with the IACP. "We just have to be honest about the possibility of consolidation."

Commissioners asked for more details on the consolidation to help them make this decision. But, they decided to continue the search for a new chief until they make up their minds

Under the Sheriff's proposed plan, the consolidated departments would be housed at the Sheriff's Department.

Posted at 4:45 PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com