New Sullivan panel aims for better relations between commission and sheriff’s office

J. H. Osborne • Aug 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Citing a need to establish a better and more consistent line of communications, the Sullivan County Commission’s Administrative Committee voted last week to create a new subcommittee to serve as liaison to the county sheriff’s office.

Administrative Committee Chairman Bryan Boyd proposed the new group, which he said he’d discussed with several other committee members, individually, as well as with sheriff’s office personnel.

The Administrative Committee approved creation of the subcommittee with no “nay” votes cast from those present.

Boyd said the goal is “to foster a better relationship” between the county commission and the sheriff’s office — to go “directly to the heart of the matter.”

Each year during the county’s budget development process, the Administrative Committee is the group that first considers the sheriff’s requests for funding the sheriff’s office and jail. It then makes recommendations to the commission’s Budget Committee, which in turn develops a comprehensive budget proposal covering all facets of county government. Ultimately, the full commission casts the final vote on the annual, overall county budget.

Boyd proposed, and the Administrative Committee approved, naming Commissioner Pat Shull to “head up” the “Sheriff’s Liaison Committee,” with Commissioners Dennis Houser and Kit McGlothlin serving as the subcommittee members.

Boyd said Shull will work with Sullivan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Lisa Christian to get the subcommittee up and running.

It will meet quarterly with Christian and other sheriff’s personnel.

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