Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger's request for more department funding was again, the topic of discussion at the Fulton County Quorum Court meeting June 11.
At the court's May meeting, Dillinger addressed the court asking for an appropriation so his department could hire more employees.
At that time, the issue was tabled until the June meeting -- where the request still stirred considerable discussion.
Originally Dillinger wanted to hire two part-time employees and one full-time employee; however, after reviewing the schedule he determined that the department could run smoothly with only two new part-time positions being filled.
Dillinger said department employees are often put into positions in which they do more than what is required of their position. He said he was worried about the threat of some employees leaving if they continued to be "stretched too thin."
After further discussion among the court members, a motion was made to hire two part-time dispatchers with the understanding that lay-off was a possibility at the first of the upcoming year.
In other quorum court business, a decision was made regarding the county's emergency dispatch system.
The court voted to enact new procedures. All emergency services -- first responders, ambulance services and the sheriff's department -- will now be paged simultaneously.
The court voted to OK?the appropriation of $3,000 to be given as the reward for the successful arrest and prosecution of the individuals involved in the May 30 destruction of multiple 9-1-1 road signs located along Young Road in Salem.
Fulton County Judge Charles Willett announced that Jerry Blevins has been chosen to fill a vacant position on the Fulton County Hospital Board.
Willett said the board has spoke with a number of people regarding the position, and Blevins showed interest in helping with the success of the facility.
"(Blevins) will be a good fit for this position," Willett said.
Blevins will begin his 7-year term on the hospital board July 1.