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Judges ask for security personnel at the Courthouse

The King George Board of Supervisors has been requested by the judges and other officers of the court to provide the staffing necessary to operate the equipment for a new single entry point by members of the public into the county Courthouse.

Those requests came forward at a meeting on Aug. 6.

Travis Quesenberry, county administrator, distributed the letters from Circuit Court Judge Joseph J. Ellis, District Court Judge David F. Peterson and others, adding that he and Dale Sisson, board chairman, had met with Sheriff Steve Dempsey and Clerk of the Circuit Court Vic Mason earlier in the day to discuss the matter.

Quesenberry also distributed cost and other information regarding the two positions that would be needed by the Sheriff as had been requested during the budget process.

Quesenberry said the Courthouse renovation project is substantially complete with a few more weeks needed to finish it up.

He also related that it would take the Sheriff a few months to go through the hiring and training process, following any authorization to proceed.

Sisson cited the letters from Judges Ellis and Peterson, noting they were both complimentary of the work done to upgrade the infrastructure of the Courthouse facility. But they also urged that the positions be staffed to utilize the equipment and the facility upgrade to provide the additional court security.

Sisson said he was recommending to the board that Quesenberry be requested to evaluate the county’s funding resources and determine the feasibility of providing $60,000 for the Sheriff’s budget, so the two positions could be hired at mid-fiscal year in January. The full-year cost was estimated at $120,336.

Supervisors concurred.

Quesenberry said he would provide an update at one of the two meetings in September, with the thinking that the ongoing audit of the 2012-13 budget year should be farther along to get an updated projection of an amount anticipated to be surplus on the county side.  

That projected surplus has several moving parts. At the last financial report a couple months ago, a surplus of about $500,000 was projected on the county side, but a deficit of about $180,000 on the School Board side.

Supervisors have promised to cover that School Board deficit because it is believed to be caused by an inaccurate calculation of the new formula for estimating Virginia Retirement System (VRS) costs.

In addition, earlier in the Aug. 6 meeting, the board already had pledged another $185,000 to go toward current year capital projects. 

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