Thomas Co. sheriff says cuts won't prompt crime - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Thomas Co. sheriff says cuts won't prompt crime

Posted: Updated:
Sheriff Carlton Powell Sheriff Carlton Powell
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police warn 'purgers'

    Police warn 'purgers'

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:29:55 GMT

    Police say they now know who has been making 'Purge' posters, and will be confronting them soon.

    More >>

    Police say they now know who has been making 'Purge' posters, and will be confronting them soon.

    More >>
  • Wanted woman found under a bed

    Wanted woman found under a bed

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:56:32 GMT
    APD reports that officers got a tip that a wanted person was “hiding out” at 708 North Jackson Street. Offices went to that location and confirmed the suspect was there. They said they found Wanda Harris hiding under a bed and arrested her, then notified DCP.More >>
    APD reports that officers got a tip that a wanted person was “hiding out” at 708 North Jackson Street. Offices went to that location and confirmed the suspect was there. They said they found Wanda Harris hiding under a bed and arrested her, then notified DCP.More >>
  • Take care on the water this weekend

    Take care on the water this weekend

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:52:39 GMT
    The Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division says its rangers will be busy making sure boaters follow the rules and stay sober and safe while operating boats over the long weekend.More >>
    The Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division says its rangers will be busy making sure boaters follow the rules and stay sober and safe while operating boats over the long weekend.More >>

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

November 20, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Belt tightening is going on everywhere, and in Thomas County they're looking at a seven and a half percent cut in the county's budget.

Every county agency will take a big hit, including the Sheriff's Office. Possible furloughs and cutbacks on employee's hours will likely be the first step.

The topic of the week for taxpayers, county agencies, and Thomas County Commissioners has been the budget.

And after three days of budget talks,a $900,000 cut back was agreed upon. But now, they arecalling for another $1 million decrease.

"We trust they're not going to have such an adverse effect that we can't do our jobs," said Sheriff Carlton Powell, who has concerns about how budget cuts will affect his agency.

"Some of it's going to require us to not have as many people at some situations as maybe we'd like to have," said Powell.

One of his biggest concerns is the short-staffed department, and not enough money in the budget to fill those open positions.

"At this time we've got two men that are overseas in the military, and we've got 6 or 8 people in the reserves that have weekend details."

But he assures the public that their safety will not be jeopardized. "We're not going to sacrifice the law enforcement. If we get to were we are not functioning properly, I will go back before the commissioners and say, here is our problem."

But employees will take some hits like drastic overtime cuts, and shorter hours. "We're looking probably at some furloughs. Probably send some people home early, somedays when we're having court."

The County manager met at the Emergency Services Center with all the department heads to come up with a plan make the $1 million reduction.

Mike Stephenson, the county manager, refused to go on camera to discuss the meeting.

The Thomas County Commission hopes to finalize the budget plan Tuesday and approve it the first week in December.

Feedback