Carroll County Sheriff requests additional officer
Fiscal court wants to see 'plan of action'
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 11:00 AM
Carroll County's Sheriff wants to add an officer to the department following a deputy's medical leave, but county officials want to see a plan of action before making any decisions.
Sheriff Jamie Kinman asked Carroll County Fiscal Court officials for help during a meeting Tuesday morning. He said the extra person would help cut overtime. Since one of the deputies took leave, the sheriff's office is down to two deputies and the sheriff patrolling the county.
"I feel we're doing the best we can," Kinman said during the meeting. Still, the sheriff's office isn't able to cover the county the way he'd like. "We've got to do something."
Kinman estimated after the meeting that each of the two deputies have been getting 20 to 30 hours of overtime each week since the medical leave began.
"I'm working these guys quite a lot of hours," Kinman said.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson asked how other agencies might be able to help out in the short-term.
He noted the city's police department has about 10 officers to patrol within the city limits and state police officers also patrol the area. Tomlinson said he could talk to state police about providing more coverage during the officer's medical leave.
Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Brad Arterburn said the Campbellsburg post covers six counties and troopers are divided into three squads which each cover two counties. Six troopers are assigned to the squad that patrols Carroll and Trimble counties.
Magistrate Dean Miller said he sees sheriff's deputies in town a lot with few patrols in the county. He asked about sending officers out into the county, instead of staying close to town where other law enforcement personnel are stationed.
Kinman said he tries to assign patrols where the largest amount of people are. He also said that if a city resident calls the sheriff's office, he or a deputy usually responds instead of forwarding the call to the city police.
Magistrate Mark Bates said he would like to see a "plan of action" that would show how another sheriff's deputy would add to the efficiency of the sheriff's office, expand the coverage area into the county or other benefits for the community.
More officers would mean additional time for patrols in Ghent and Sanders, Kinman said.
Kinman will present a "plan of action" at a future Fiscal Court meeting.
After the meeting, Kinman said the Carroll County Sheriff's Office is one of the smallest in the area.
In 2011, all of the surrounding counties - Owen, Henry, Gallatin and Trimble - had at least two more deputies than Carroll, he said.
The amount of work in the Carroll County Sheriff's Office continues to go up as well, he said.
In 2011, the department worked 291 cases. The department worked 418 cases in 2013.
That didn't include time spent on inmate transports and serving papers - two other primary duties of the sheriff's office, Deputy Rodney Hawkins said.
It doesn't leave much time off with two deputies and a sheriff, Hawkins said. Plus, out-of-county transports and employee vacations make the department even more short-staffed.