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Senate Interim Committee to Review Funding for County Sheriff Offices

JEFFERSON CITY — Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, has created an interim committee to study current funding levels for county sheriff offices across Missouri. The five-member Senate Interim Committee on Funding for County Sheriff Offices will:
Ø Review current court costs, fees and other funding mechanisms relating to the operation of law enforcement or civil justice-related activities of county Sheriff departments;
Ø Study the current compensation formulas for deputy sheriffs in Missouri counties;
Ø Compare compensation of deputy sheriffs across different county classifications in Missouri and neighboring states.
Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, has been named chairman of the interim committee.
“Our county sheriffs and their deputies play a crucial role in law enforcement in this state, particularly in rural areas of Missouri,” Sen. Griesheimer said. “We will help make sure they are fairly compensated for the job they do to make sure they continue to have the people and equipment to keep everyone safe.”
Other members of the interim committee include Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter; Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau; Sen. Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence; and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City. The bi-partisan panel will issue a report of their findings for any legislative action to the General Assembly no later than January 1st, 2008.
For more information about this and other legislation in the Missouri Senate, visit www.senate.mo.gov. To contact Senate Communications, dial (573) 751-3824 or send an email to newsroom@senate.mo.gov.

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