Money Woes in Gadsden County

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is being praised for closing its first of 15 cold cases last week, but the sheriff says it's going to take more money to keep it going.

Last week the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office cracked the first of several cold cases reopened this year. Deputies questioned witnesses, found the murder weapon and got a confession.

Now, looking ahead, Sheriff Morris Young says he needs more man power.

"More man power for community policing and investigations," he explains.

MAJ David Ganious says, "To do the things we need to do, we need to have more equipment and we need to upgrade some equipment. We definitely need the man power."

Sheriff Young has requested about a million more dollars from the state. Right now, the budget is around $5.1 million.

INV Ulysses Jenkins says, "Like in our case as investigators, when we had a homicide last week there were only six of us, but all of the other cases kept coming. Now we have the cold cases recently opened, so we have to work on both, and that cuts into our time."

Brenda Holt, Gadsden County Commissioner, says, "We're going into budget workshops, and that will help us look at those concerns of the sheriff so we can see what we need to do to generate monies."

Young says more money is also needed to increase deputy pay. Right now, deputies in Gadsden County make close to $25,000 a year, about $10,000 or so less when compared to some other counties of the same size.

Young says if the department receives the funds needed, about a quarter would go to the Investigations Department, with the other 75 percent going to community policing.


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