GRADY COUNTY —
Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir's wishes were granted yesterday morning when the county excise board increased his budget almost 13 percent from last year's.
The sheriff's office will have $1 million to operate with for this fiscal year.
"This will give us a chance to raise the pay of our officers, so it's similar to surrounding communities," Weir said. "It may also allow us to hire another deputy."
The excise board also granted the sheriff's office a one-time installment of $78,000 to buy three new cars.
"We are going to look to do the same thing next year, but this is the first step in building up our fleet," Weir said.
The office also has a grant application to add a community resource officer that would service Amber-Pocasset, Pioneer, Friend and Middleburg schools, which Weir said he is confident will be approved.
Currently, there are school resource officers at Bridge Creek High School and the Canadian Valley Technology Center.
"I think their (the excise board) decision to give us more money came down to common sense," he said. "They likely saw that good quality law enforcement is a keen interest to the citizens of Grady County."
Weir said he was pleased with the results, but that there is still work to be done.
"The next goal is to look for a new building," he said. "It amazes people who walk in. They say 'Is this really your office?'"
Although he did not get enough money for everything he wanted, Weir said he was still pleased the excise board met him where they did financially.