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County OKs sheriff's hiring funds

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall made his case for more staff last week, and the Public Safety Committee and county commissioners agreed.

The sheriff asked the county to thaw the hiring freeze so he could hire two deputies and a detention officer.

He explained that the hirings would cover recent and pending departures, so he would only be adding one position.

"My overtime is killing me," the sheriff said.

Commissioner Paul McCorkle agreed the money is available. "It's in the budget," he said.

The sheriff also asked for more fencing around the McDuffie County Detention Center. He said it is too easy for trespassers to leave contraband where inmates might find it.

Mr. McCorkle asked the sheriff to obtain an estimate on the fencing.

Also at the Feb. 15 meeting, McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services Chief Bruce Tanner appealed for a modern, digital radio system. He said the condition of the radio system "is a concern to me, and we don't have a backup." The repeater system is 14 years old.

County Manager Don Norton asked Chief Tanner to prepare a request to county commissioners.

Chief Tanner also asked the committee to consider a new unit to replace the oxygen compressor, which is 15 years old.

"We've just recently started having some problems with it," he said.

The cost of a new unit was estimated at $25,000 to $30,000.

Chief Tanner said the unit is kept at Station 2 at the airport. That piece of equipment serves county firefighters and other departments.

He described the compressor as "a very vital part of our work."

No decision was made on the request.

Web posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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