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September 6, 2013

Legislators berate sheriff on staff's duties

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Smith, 71, who was absent during Thursday’s meeting with the sheriff but showed up as soon as Mulverhill left, pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to reappear at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1 in Malone Town Court.

A special prosecutor will likely be named to handle the case because there is a conflict of interest since the County Legislature oversees the budget for District Attorney Derek Champagne’s office.

NO ROAD PATROL

The Sheriff’s Department budget was the reason Legislator Marc ‘Tim” Lashomb (R-Malone) gave to begin Thursday’s meeting with Mulverhill, questioning whether the sheriff is operating a road patrol.

Maroun said if that were the case, he’d want patrols covering Tupper Lake and other southern points in the county so he, as mayor of the Village of Tupper Lake, could cut one or two people on the municipal police force to save his taxpayers money.   

The sheriff said his budget and staff size wouldn’t allow for a road patrol.

He said he has two sergeants, a deputy on the midnight shift, a Civil Department deputy, a deputy assigned to the County Courthouse and three assigned to duties within the County Jail.

Legislator Gordon Crossman (D-Malone) asked if all three in-jail deputy positions are necessary since the training is expensive.

He wondered if the deputies could be reassigned as correction officers instead of deputies with police powers so they don’t need as much costly training.

DEPUTY NUMBERS

Mulverhill said state law requires a certain number of deputies, and according to Section 652 of County Law, as long as he stays within budget, “the sheriff may appoint as many regular deputy sheriffs as he may deem proper, but not exceeding one for every 3,000 inhabitants of the county. 

“The board of supervisors may, however, authorize appointment of such additional regular deputy sheriffs as it may determine.”

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