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Lee Co. Commissioners, Sheriff at odds on overtime

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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Lee County Commissioners are concerned with the amount of money the Sheriff's office is spending on overtime pay. But the Sheriff says it's necessary to keep the county safe.

Commissioners say the Sheriffs office has spent $95,000 in overtime this fiscal year which is 170 percent of the overtime budget.

Sheriff Reggie Rachals says a hiring freeze coupled with increased calls left him no other options.

"There's no money out there for me to be able to hire what I need to hire to cover the county properly," said Sheriff Reggie Rachals. "When people elected me Sheriff that's what people expect me to do, is cover the county as best as I can and we're still having problems with the staff I have at hand. [It's] not only on the road but in the jail,"

Commissioners discussed taking a closer look at the county's agreement to patrol Smithville and the assistance they provide Leesburg. The Sheriff says he is open to that option.

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