As the DeKalb Board of Commissioners begins to wrestle with the 2011 budget, the county’s sheriff announced that his office had ended the year under budget for the 10th consecutive year.
According to a statement released by Sheriff Thomas Brown on Jan. 7, the Sheriff’s Office was under budget by $811,170 for 2010. Last year’s budget for the Sheriff’s Office was $74.4 million. Of that amount, the Sheriff’s Office did not use about $63,000.
In September 2010, the Board of Commissioners allotted an additional $748,000 in funds to be used for anticipated overtime pay. This was intended to counteract the department’s loss of 89 employees due to the county’s early retirement program last year.
According a report from the county’s chief executive officer, the Sheriff’s Office refilled all 89 positions. The Sherriff’s Office has 863 positions.
Brown said the entire $748,000 allotment will be returned to the county’s general fund.
“The executive staff of the Sheriff’s Office has done a fantastic job in managing the resources to include personnel assignments in keeping overtime pay to a minimum,” Brown said. “I cannot express how proud I am of this team of professionals who has made it their mission to protect the taxpayers’ funds while maintaining a safe environment for both the employees of the Sheriff’s Office and the inmates incarcerated here.”
The Sheriff’s Office was able to pay all outstanding 2010 bills, not furlough any employees during the fourth quarter of the year and return more than $810,000 to the county administration, Brown said.
For 2011, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has proposed a budget of $66.1 million for the Sheriff’s Office. That’s nearly 12 percent of the county’s overall budget and $8.3 million less than last year’s budget.
“I am looking forward to working with the board of commissioners as we prepare for the next budget cycle for 2011,” Brown said.