BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Commission appears poised to begin public discussions about the county's budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
A packet of departmental budget requests was distributed to county commissioners last week at the commission's monthly meeting.
It contained no real surprises.
Several volunteer fire departments and rescue agencies are asking for increases.
Sheriff Wayne Anderson continues, as he has for several years, to urge the county commission to fully fund the jail and sheriff's office at a level that would provide — and retain — staffing at levels described as adequate for the county by recognized experts in law enforcement staffing needs.
Anderson is seeking a $4.77 million increase for the sheriff's office, including nearly $1.83 million total for 30 new patrol officers, five new detectives, three new process servers, and 11 new bailiffs. Anderson is seeking a $2.6 million increase for the county jail, including $325,000 for 13 new corrections officers, and $476,000 for 14 new corrections sergeants.
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