Government shutdown affects local sheriff's office

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The government shut down could be coming to an end leaving many with a sigh of relief.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell worked together to come up with a budget deal Wednesday.

Both the senate and house plan to vote Wednesday evening.

The shut down has affected some departments many might not have realized including the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has recently been facing some budget issues, and when the government shut down they learned they were going to have to wait until it was back open to receive a grant they were relying on.

Sheriff Dwayne Price says a couple months ago they applied for a Domestic Violence Officer Grant through the Office of Violence Against Women that would give them more than $16,000 to put towards a deputy's salary plus allow them to employ two victims' advocates.

"A small office like ours, all the help we can get through grants, it's necessary for our office," said Price.

When the government shut down so did their hopes of getting that grant.

They were approved about three weeks ago right before the shutdown, and they were told they would have to wait it out.

"We were put on hold right now because of the government shutdown in Washington... This grant was scheduled to hit the ground October 1st," said Price.

Wednesday's news of a possible deal to end the government shutdown let them breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the extra funding could soon be coming their way.

The sheriff says that grant money would fund nearly two-thirds of one of their deputy's salaries, so they are hoping it comes through soon.

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