BOCC considers revisions to agenda

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

Sheriff budget shortfall

Due to changes in the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office since he was sworn in as sheriff earlier this month, Sheriff Mike Harrison came before the BOCC requesting $51,000.

The money shortfall came about due to the departures of five former employees of the GCSO, two of whom were not retained, three of whom were offered jobs; two chose to retire, another went to work elsewhere.

The five were due $56,000 in payout for comp and leave time, with $5,000 in the GCSO budget for that purpose.

Harrison said the budget shortfall would mean at least two positions would lapse – possibly as many as five – until the new fiscal year arrives in June, meaning a potential impact to services.

Commissioners approved an “advance” on next year’s funding to fill in the shortfall and offered Harrison a chance to come back in a month or so once he gets a handle on his workforce situation. 

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