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Layoffs possible at Harlan County Sheriff's Department

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The new year could bring layoffs at the Harlan County Sheriff's Department.

The Harlan County Fiscal Court approved the Sheriff's budget in a special-called meeting on Monday morning.

Records show the budget is about $100,000 dollars less than the past year's budget.

Sheriff Marvin J. Lipfird says he originally planned for a $1.06 million salary budget, but due to reduced coal severance funds coming in, he says the Fiscal Court asked him to trim the budget to $900,000.

The fiscal court approved the $900,000 budget.

"That's going to put us in a very vicarious spot," Sheriff Lipfird said.

Sheriff Lipfird says he will have to make cutbacks in 2014.

Harlan County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Bailey says he worries about his job status in the new year.

"When you hear budget, everyone worries about their job," Bailey said.

Sheriff Lipfird says he has lost four deputies since July and will not replace them. He will also possibly layoff more people but he does not know whom yet.

"That's a hard thing to decide," Sheriff Lipfird said.

"Everybody's got families who depend on them and worrying about your job is not something we need," said Bailey.

The Sheriff also plans to cut all overtime to reduce salary costs.

"The people in Harlan County are going to be the ones who suffer from this. We're not going to be able to provide them with the patrol and protection that they're used to having and need and deserve," said Sheriff Lipfird.

He will make the staff decisions in the new year.

The judge-executive says this is not the only department affected by reduced funds. Other departments will also have fewer dollars in 2014.

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