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  • County bails out Sheriff's Dept. budget shortfall

  • In an effort to save the Sheriff's Department from operating in the red, the Camden County Commission voted to transfer $100,000 from the county's general fund to the sheriff's departments budget.
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  • In an effort to save the Sheriff's Department from operating in the red, the Camden County Commission voted to transfer $100,000 from the county's general fund to the sheriff's departments budget.
    The Camden County Sheriff Department's budget has been an item of concern for the commissioners recently.
    According to county officials, various sheriff department officials had been in the commission office asking for assistance except for the sheriff himself.
    One county commissioner was skeptical to approve the transfer.
    "My only concern is that we have not heard from the sheriff regarding the budget," Cliff Luber said.
    Luber told Commissioners Bev Thomas and Kris Franken that he would like to see the sheriff come to the commission and explain why there is a shortfall in the budget.
    Thomas' response was that even though the sheriff is the office holder, he is not typically the one who manages the budget.
    For Luber, the sheriff has an obligation to adhere to the budget just like other county officials.
    The funds that are being transferred originated from the prisoner reimbursement.
    Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin was not at Tuesday's commission meeting and was unavailable for comment.
    The Lake Sun will continue to follow the story as details emerge.

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