Pain At The Pump Is Affecting Sheriff's Department

By: Michael Phillips Email
By: Michael Phillips Email

Gas prices are above three dollars a gallon across the region and some predict this is just the beginning.

In Breathitt County, officials say the pain at the pump is affecting how they run the sheriff's department.

The controversy started when the judge executive sent out an executive order calling for all but one of the sheriff's department's vehicles to be grounded starting Thursday.

Those prices are why Breathitt County Sheriff's Deputies can use only one car.

“The funds aren't available to support these cruisers at this time,” Judge Executive Jason Richardson said.

Breathitt County Judge Executive Jason Richardson says the gas prices are just part of the problem.

He says the other half is out of control spending by the sheriff's department.

“I've done my fair share to help and assist them, but when you keep spending and spending you have a problem,” Judge Richardson said.

Richardson says he has supported the sheriff's department's spending by giving more than double the departments budgeted funds, but after they bought several new vehicles he says enough is enough.

“It's left me wondering what's going on,” Sheriff Ray Clemons said.

Sheriff Ray Clemons says that one vehicle isn't enough to do the jobs he and his deputies have to do and as far as overspending, he says he's never seen those numbers.

“Anybody calls or anything and I'm tied up, we just got one vehicle,” Sheriff Clemons said.

He's not the only one worried, but both sheriff and judge executive say they are doing their best.

The Judge -Executive did say he will present his order at the fiscal court meeting on May 29th at 4pm.

He says if anybody has concerns that's the place they can talk about it.

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  • by Who cares Location: why on Jun 1, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    First off neither department is that great. The City Police A.K.A. parking lot patrol does nothing in the form of crime fighting. They are a waste of tax money. How often do they arrest the drug dealers that hey know about.. how often do they solve a real crime... all they want to do is loaf.. chase tail..and run people out of town. The Sheriff's Dept......come people ELECTED a CONVICTED FELON...who HID DRUG DEALINGS...what makes you think he's Johnny LAW now???
  • by guess Location: breathitt on May 27, 2007 at 08:45 PM
    i cant wait till the meeting to see if the truth comes out
  • by citizens Location: breathitt on May 25, 2007 at 10:11 PM
    I think the money should be taken from another deptartment and given to the shirffs dept we need our law officers more than anything else the way the world is today.but i really wonder if the gas prices is the problem.i dont think so i think there is more behind it than gas prices but time will tell i agree with mcintosh come to the meeting and find out the real reason im sure a lot will come out and besides i think we have the best sheriff anyone could ever have hes the best.
  • by Chris Location: Jackson, KY on May 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    The Breathitt County Sheriff's Department only having one vehicle on the road and that vehicle being a Chevy Tahoe makes no sense. If I were worried about saving gas I sure would try to find something to drive that gets more than 12 miles per gallon. The Breathitt County Sheriff's Department is a joke to begin with. Only one deputy in the whole Department is a full time certified Police officer by the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, KY. The Sherriff can't carry a gun because he's a convicted felon. The Jackson Police Department in by far and wide the best police agency in the region, they have 24 hour a day Dispatcher's on duty that are very professional and have NCIC access which is something few police agencies have. If the City of Jackson can have a fully functioning Department why can Breathitt County. If I were the County Judge I would cut off all extra funding to the Sheriff, sign an Executive Order Creating a County Police Department and have my own police for the county. The people of Breathitt County knew good and well what they were getting now you have to live with it.
  • by Shane Location: Frankfort on May 25, 2007 at 10:27 AM
    Give them hybrid cars to patrol in. Don't keep the cars grounded because being responsive to crime only encourages more crime. They need to be visible and proactive. Give them hybrids with a lightbar on top only (not looking like a Christmas tree with lights on every panel of the car) and let it go at that. I bet you'd save thousands.
  • by Steve McIntosh / Deputy Sheriff # 904 Location: Breathitt Co. Sheriff Dept. on May 24, 2007 at 09:45 PM
    The price of gas has nothing to do with the sheriff dept. cruisers being parked. If you want to know the real reason come to the fiscal court meeting next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
  • by marvin Location: Emerson, Nebraska on May 24, 2007 at 09:00 PM
    This whole entire country is in a mess. Gas prices are a part of the fall-out from the mess Democrats and Republicans have put us in. From immigration (illegal must mean something different then when I went to school)to terrorist to NAFTA, we need to take a lesson from our forefathers and get back with the basics like America's National Motto (In God We Trust). Doesn't this mean anything in todays time. We need to stand and say we want America back!
  • by guess who Location: jackson on May 24, 2007 at 08:50 PM
    Why didn't someone ask the Judge why he didn't park any of the other county vehicles that were not as his!
  • by Kenny Location: Breathitt on May 24, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    Cut down on paid deputies two should be enough . on each shift, Make sure when the wheels turn there is a reason for it . The cars should be parked at the county parking lot not drove home. and double up when possable. These are public property. not for deputies to be using off duty.They need to use there own cars for there private busness. and keep check of the miles on the crusers .and give each shift gas volchers each week for each shift.


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