County Board Talks Animal Control & Courthouse Security

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In Tuesday’s Bond County Board meeting, the board approved an agreement with the City of Greenville to share the cost of expenses associated with animal control, including the salary of Animal Control Officer Jim Hess. The agreement is retroactive to December 1, 2016 and must still be approved by the City.

Sheriff Jim Leitschuh approached the board to request a pay increase for courthouse security personnel. Leitschuh said courthouse security began in 2012 and employees have had the same pay rate since then. All courthouse security officers are part-time.

Leitschuh noted the important work the officers do and said they are paid from funds collected through fines and costs. Last year, $68,317 was collected in fines and costs and courthouse personnel were paid a total of $60,202. Leitschuh said with a pay increase, there would still be a surplus in that budget.

The board said they will look into the matter and bring it up in their next meeting.

Board members approved the appointment of Kristen Schmitt to the Campground Cemetery Board and the reappointment of Tim Zobrist to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District Board. They also announced openings on the Bond County ETSB, or 911, Board. County Board Member Frank Lucco and Greenville Police Chief Johnny Runyon are being recommended for reappointment.

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