Casey's new judicial center ready for occupants

November 20, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Moving has begun at Casey County's new judicial center.

Circuit Clerk Craig Overstreet's office began moving Monday and was open for business today. Circuit Judge James G. Weddle was in the process of moving in today, and District Judge Roger Elliott's office is still at the courthouse for a few more days.

In preparation for the opening, Casey Fiscal Court hired four part-time security workers Monday night.

John Casey, Karen Goode, Connie Jones and Patrick Vance were hired on a 60-day temporary at-will basis and will be paid $7 per hour. After a probationary period, salaries will be increased to $7.50 per hour. Each will work 25 hours a week or 100 hours a month, according to county Judge-Executive Ronald Wright.

"This is just part-time to begin with," Wright told the court. More employees may be added later. The four will be trained before they begin work.


Wright said Sheriff Jerry Coffman has received approval from the state Administrative Office of the Courts to hire the extra personnel needed to provide security.

The court also changed a policy regarding the work release program at Casey County Detention Center. Inmates will no longer be allowed to go to public places.

Jailer Tommy Miller recommended the change after he received complaints regarding inmates in restaurants. The policy prohibits supervisors from taking inmates to public places while they are on work release.

Fiscal Court also awarded bids to Donnie Poff to clean up dumps on Patsy Riffe Ridge and Elmore Hill. He bid $9,700 for both sites. Fritz Sheene's $9,400 bid to clean up a second dump on Patsy Riffe Ridge and one on Gadberry Hill also was approved.

In other matters, Fiscal Court:

* Appointed Josh Wethington to a three-year term on the Casey County Hospital Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy created by Donald Thomas, whose term has expired; and named Fred Harper and Tracey Rodenbach to three-year terms on the Casey County Extension District Board.

* Hired Dennis Elliott as mechanic at the county road department to replace Floyd Emerson, who retired. Elliott will be paid $9.21 per hour on a 60-day trial basis.

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