Sheriff opposes budget cuts

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Harlan County officials are in the process of approving a new budget for the next fiscal year. But the sheriff is not happy with some of the proposed cuts.

County officials said they are trying to bring all departments in line.

"The trends have been very bad recently in the health care costs," said Joe Grieshop, Harlan County Judge-Executive.

Grieshop has proposed cutting $25,000 in deputy wages from the sheriff's department budget.

"I felt as though that would give us a safe cushion just in case of any major overtime," said Marvin Lipfird, Harlan County Sheriff.

Lipfird said his department needs that money for employee overtime, an issue they faced during the recent mudslide on Highway 38.

"Our office is the only office that's going to have to take a hit on salaries," said Lipfird.

"You don't budget overtime in budgets. You have some cushion in there, but you do not budget overtime. It's not part of the budgeting process," said Grieshop.

Officials said they are trying to prevent the county from facing hardship in the years to come.

"Whatever budget is given to me, whatever budget is passed, I will work with that budget. I may have to cut some services," said Lipfird.

County magistrates will vote on the final budget at their next fiscal court meeting Thursday at 10 a.m.

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