On a 3-2 vote the Codington County Commissioners approved a request by Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell to accept Sheriff Howell to accept a three-year COPS grant award to hire one new deputy sheriff. The county will be charged with paying 109,000 dollars by way of a match to fund the new Deputy. The request was followed by a lengthy discussion among the commission members and Sheriff Howell:
Howell said his department is getting busier in all areas and the request is justified, especially when you compare Codington to other counties of similar size where the deputy staff is larger. The motion to approve the grant was made by Commissioner Lee Gabel:
Saying he appreciated all that the Sheriff’s office is doing and has done Commissioner Myron Johnson spoke in opposition to acceptance of the grant:
Commissioners voting in favor of the grant were VanDusen, Hanten, and Gabel. Opposed were Johnson and Waterman. Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell says jail numbers for the months of May and June have dropped dramatically from the first half of the year. Most recent numbers show about a 31 inmate average versus nearly 70 in the first three months of the year.
In other business speaking to the Codington County Commissioners Emergency Management Director Jamie Torstenson says it has been a busy weather month. He also stated that their annual fund raising event has been postponed until next year.