Sheriff signs Bullitt Co. budget agreement, Fiscal Court still to approve

Published: Mar. 3, 2016 at 9:03 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2016 at 9:03 PM EST
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SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If an agreement between the state and the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office is approved by the county's Fiscal Court law enforcement services currently performed by deputies will continue without interruption.

Sheriff Dave Greenwell's office said Greenwell signed the agreement provided by the state Thursday afternoon and sent it to County Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts for her signature. After signing the document, Roberts will get Fiscal Court's approval and return the document to the state.

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"The sheriff looks forward to working with Fiscal Court in the future to continue to provide the community with the most fiscally responsible option for law enforcement," Captain Mike Murdoch said in a prepared statement. "By both the sheriff and Fiscal Court agreeing to continue law enforcement thru (sic) the sheriff's office, this provides an annual savings of $2,500,000 to the citizens of Bullitt County compared to a similar sized county police force."

March 15 was the day the sheriff's office was to stop policing the county if a budget agreement wasn't met. Fiscal court tabled a decision on March 1.

Murdoch's statement says by having the sheriff's office provide law enforcement saves the citizens of Bullitt County $2.5 million annual, the cost of a county police force in counties of similar size.

Roberts' office said Fiscal Court would have to sign off on the agreement in a special called meeting.

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