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October 16, 2013

Municipal elections create courthouse staff questions

MILLEDGEVILLE — The upcoming Nov. 5 City of Milledgeville General Election requires Baldwin County Courthouse staff to insure property security measures are taken.

Court Services Supervisor Capt. Scott Deason brought department concerns to the Baldwin County Commissioners’ Tuesday meeting.

“The city hasn't approached us about how we are going to staff that,” Deason said. “The city doesn't have the responsibility and aren't mandated by the legislature to provide security at the courthouse. We are.”

Voting runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and requires the courthouse deputies to work overtime. 

Deason said deputies would work from 6:30 a.m. till possibly as late as 9 p.m. that Nov. 5 evening. 

The city compensates all poll workers during a municipal election. Deason said one option is sending Municipal Elections Superintendent Patti Rushin a bill at time and half rate.

“That's only fair for them to do. I can send Rushin an invoice based on my staff in hopes they will be compensated in a timely fashion like the rest of the people,” the courthouse supervisor said. “We are going to provide security here because that's what we have to do, but it's our contention it's a city expense not a county expense. If we don't do it, it's not going to get done.”

Commission Chair Sammy Hall, District 3, said the city must to be notified in advance if the county chooses to send a bill.

“If the bill needs to come from our office, that's no problem. We'll send it,” Hall said. “They need to be notified we are going to charge them up front. The city should pay all expenses for a city election.”

Deason said he'd tabulate employee times for a courthouse invoice to be sent to the city in a timely manner.

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