The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received considerable assistance from the county on Monday.
The Crawford County Personnel Committee approved a requested building maintenance technician position for the county justice center during its meeting Monday.
A job description provided by Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown states the position would be responsible to carry out repairs, maintenance and custodial tasks for the facility and grounds. The person in this position must prioritize when and how to complete repairs, and may provide recommendations to the administration as to the best method of maintaining and repairing elements to the facility and grounds.
The personnel committee also approved a requested “float slot” for the Sheriff’s Office. Brown said the Sheriff’s Office has the highest employee turnover in Crawford County. Since Jan. 1, 2005, the department has gone through 207 employees, with an average of about 20 a year. It has about 2,900 hours of approved compensatory time throughout the department, which includes the jail and the Sheriff’s Office, and about 5,800 hours of holidays. Brown said with the shortness of employees, it is difficult to let people off.
“So I’m asking for a position, and I’m just throwing this out because I don’t know if I’m on the right track or not, but I’m asking for like a ghost position where I can put about $25,000 in this line item so when I’m two or three employees down, I can hire somebody right away and transfer that money into it,” Brown said.
Crawford County Clerk Teresa Armer said this would be another slot with that amount of money, with people going in and out of it.
Brown said he is currently down seven employees, six of which are law enforcement officers.
The Crawford County Budget Committee approved funding both of these items Monday night as well.
The buildings maintenance technician position was approved at $31,701.67 plus benefits while the float slot was approved at $25,000 plus benefits. The funding for these items will come from the jail and law enforcement quarter-cent sales tax fund, according to the County Clerk’s Office.