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Former deputy asks court for reinstatement

Thursday, September 15, 2005

A former reserve deputy who was released by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department asked the Fulton County Quorum Court Sept. 12 to reinstate him.

Kenneth Eldried said he was unfairly dismissed by Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger.

"I'm out $900 of my own money to do this," Eldried said. "You can ask any of the officers at the sheriff's office -- Scott Holloway, Terry Walker or Laney -- I know how to do the job."

Dillinger said he liked Eldried but doesn't think he is competent to be a reserve officer.

"I like Kenny," Dillinger said. "But I told him I'd never let him ride in a car because I feel like there is a liability."

Eldried said he paid to attend auxiliary officer school and bought equipment to serve as a reserve officer. Dillinger said he never authorized Eldried to attend the school and he was unsure who signed the consent form for Eldried.

"Lloyd Martz (former sheriff) signed it," Eldried said.

Dillinger said he is an elected official and he can use whichever officers he chooses.

"I don't need him," Dillinger said. "I'm sorry, but he just isn't able to do the job."

The quorum court agreed with Dillinger and no action was taken.

Criminals in Fulton County are going to have to foot part of the bill when they are detained in the county jail.

The quorum court unanimously passed an ordinance that will charge criminals $45 each day they are detained in the county lockup and a $5 service charge for being taken into custody.

"They've been doing this in Jackson County and it has saved them 35 to 40 percent on their jail expenses," Willett said.

The fees will be added to a convicted person's sentence. Any prisoner acquitted does not have to pay the fees.

Plans by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department to build an exercise yard behind the jail have hit a snag.

Fulton County Judge Charles Willett told members of the Fulton County Quorum Court that two lots purchased by the county for the project include a 10-foot Salem city alleyway that cannot be built upon.

Dillinger said the architect who designed the workout area will be in town later this month to try to reconfigure the structure.

One possible solution would be to extend the workout area into the existing parking lot, Dillinger said.

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