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October 23, 2013

City clears courthouse staff payment question

MILLEDGEVILLE — Last week’s Baldwin County Commission meeting included discussion on courthouse security staff payment concerns prior to the Nov. 5 Milledgeville General Election.

Tuesday’s Milledgeville City Council work session covered the city’s end.

Court Services Supervisor Capt. Scott Deason told commissioners the upcoming municipal election requires Baldwin County Courthouse staff to ensure proper security measures are taken.

Deason said voting runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that Tuesday and requires the courthouse deputies to work overtime. The courthouse supervisor said deputies would work from 6:30 a.m. until possibly as late as 9 p.m. that Nov. 5 evening. 

The deputy wanted to make sure his staff was adequately compensated for their time.

Mayor Richard Bentley said the city has and will pay for all associated election staffing costs.

“It was some miscommunication,” Bentley said. “This is the first time Capt. Deason has been in charge of the courthouse during city elections. It should not have been brought up at a meeting. It should have been brought up in private, but we do pay for those things and actually the county bills us for it.”

Councilwoman Denese Shinhoster, District 3, said the comments made it seem “as if we haven’t been paying our bill.”

Shinholster questioned why the city pays for the security service if it’s already mandated.

Councilman Phillip Joiner, District 4, and Shinholster said city voters pay county taxes also.

“While I think there is a very fair question as to why the city should pay for it being that it’s mandated for the sheriff’s department, regardless of whether we should do that or not, the city has dutifully paid for it in every single instance, and it was an inappropriate question to bring to a county commission meeting,” Joiner said Tuesday.

• County promises new fire radios by Nov. 15

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