Sheriff’s budget process draws criticism from commissioners Mayor: Gobble had department numbers submitted on time
By LARRY C. BOWERS Banner Staff Writer
Published April 17, 2007 11:08 AM EDT
Bradley County Commission approved a quartet of recommendations from the Finance Committee Monday and continued to discuss the school growth issue.
Finance Commitee had met briefly prior to the Commission session.
The Finance Committee and the Commission agreed to ask Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble to submit his budget request in the same time sequence it has been submitted in the past.
Gobble handed out a booklet of his budget requests at last week’s Commission work session and gave county officials a “heads up” on some of the needs of his department for the coming year. He is requesting 16 additional hires and a budget increase of more than $4 million.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the law to the contrary, county governing bodies shall fund the operations of the county sheriff's department. The sheriff may appoint such personnel as may be provided for in the budget adopted for such department. No county governing body shall adopt a budget absent the consent of the sheriff, which reduces below current levels the salaries and number of employees in the sheriff's department. In the event a county governing body fails to budget any salary expenditure which is a necessity for the discharge of the statutorily mandated duties of the sheriff, the sheriff may seek a writ of mandamus to compel such appropriation.
Maybe they should also look up the difference between the words, "Shall" and "May" when it comes to legal shit.
The High Sheriff submits a budget and the Commission, by law, passes it. They can try the old political pressure on him, but with the two new Local Sheriff's, any type of this kind of pressure is not going to work.
They have both faced greater "pressures" than this.