Court approves 2020 Sheriff’s budget

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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STANFORD — With the deadline to submit a 2020 budget just days away, Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger’s budget got the approval of the Lincoln County Fiscal Court in a special-called meeting.

The budget approved was for $912,700.

The Sheriff’s Office budget, which is based on the calendar year from January through December, was brought before the fiscal court on Dec. 17 but the budget included the hiring of two new deputies and the court approved the hiring of only one deputy at the meeting, resulting in a change in the salary cap and the need for the special-called meeting.

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The proposed budget also did not include 3% percent raises across the board for deputies, clerks and court security. The Sheriff’s Office currently has six deputies and 10 special deputies. 

In the court’s regular meeting, Magistrate David Faulkner made a motion to approve one new deputy – detective – with a salary cap of $426,500. The motion passed 4-0. The cap approved was ultimately increased during the special-called meeting.

“They wanted $490,000 for a salary cap (the maximum Folger could pay in salaries), which included two new deputies,” Lincoln County Judge Jim W. Adams Jr. said. “The salary cap is going to be $482,300 because we only approved the hire of one deputy and because they didn’t add in some budget changes that we’d made mid-year last year. And they neglected to put their 3% praise in.”

The breakdown in salaries includes: Deputies – $290,200; Clerks – $66,800; Court Security – $87,300; KLEFP – $28,000; and Overtime – $10,000.

The salary cap does not include Folger’s salary of $93,000.

The $912,700 budget includes $903,800 in disbursements with excess fees budgeted at $8,900.