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From the Nov. 26, 2013 issue of The Journal
Note: This is the second in a series of articles written from the Chamber of Commerce’s recent “State of the County” meeting.
By Richard Harris
With most of his first year in office now completed, new Marion County Sheriff Derrell Neal reported to the Chamber of Commerce that the Sheriff’s Office is running smoothly and continuing to make improvements.
He said there have been a number of physical improvements to the jail since last January, including new air conditioning, as well as a lot of cleaning and painting.
“A lawsuit had been filed due to not having adequate air conditioning,” he noted.
He also mentioned how the Sheriff’s Office now has a deputy (Jason Scott) working for the school system as a “resource officer.” This is a joint effort by the Marion County Board of Education (which pays
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the officer’s salary) and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (which provides training, etc.). The officer splits his time between L.K. Moss Elementary School and Marion County Middle/High School with only the principals knowing his schedule each week.
“The resource officer is certified and works through the Sheriff’s Office and is funded by the school,” said Sheriff Neal. “Later on we plan to have another resource officer.”
His staff is what he is most proud of and he said they are working hard to have as professional and well-trained staff as possible.
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