Fighting crime is a costly venture, one that is anticipated to cost the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) more than $3.1 million in 2020. Of that, the vast majority is budgeted from the jail fund at close to $2.4 million, but the sheriff’s department also takes a chunk out of the county’s $3.2 million general revenue fund—a piece that totals a little over $616,000.
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Crawford County Commissioners called out Treasurer Karen Sikes at their meeting on February 18, asking that they be kept informed of situations like a recent mistake she’d made in disbursing funds. Their main concern was not necessarily the mistake, which had been rectified, but the fact that they were unaware of it and hadn’t had an answer for constituents who had questioned the situation.
Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman issued the following press release on Friday afternoon, February 21.
On February 21, members of LANEG Task Force, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Cuba Police Department executed a drug related search warrant in the Cuba area. Approximately 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine, $3,847 of United States currency, two digital scales, baggies, numerous baggies of marijuana pre-packaged for distribution, one container of cutting agent, and assorted drug paraphernalia used in the consumption and distribution of illegal substances were located and seized. One white female and one white male were transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Facility for processing. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Crawford County Clerk John Martin’s 2020 Budget Message concluded, “For the first time in nearly a decade, Crawford County begins 2020 with a positive balance in the General Revenue Fund, and is projected to end the year the same way. Solvency has been attained in Crawford County; this clerk will work to maintain it as long as he is in office.”
Candidate filing for Crawford County offices will begin on Tuesday, February 25, for the August 4 Primary Election. Positions that will open at the end of this year are District #1 Associate Commissioner, District #2 Associate Commissioner, Sheriff, Assessor, Public Administrator, Coroner, and Surveyor.