As the 2016 budget year closes, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office is set to return an unprecedented $300,000 back to the fund balance. Sheriff Clint Shrum says he will be returning approximately $220,000 from the jail budget and approximately $80,000 from the sheriff’s budget.
A number of factors including better inmate medical management, the offender monitoring system, and savings in the food and fuel lines contributed to the savings.
“The sheriff is doing a fabulous job managing his office’s budget. It took teamwork and he led the team,” said Chairman of Budget and Finance for the County Commission John Hargis. “I feel better now than I did two years ago when we look at the new jail. We know what we have to work with and I have all the faith in the world that the county will be in good shape with the new jail.”
Another significant savings came from work force management.
Shrum commented, “This was probably the most difficult part of the process. We spent most of the year working a man short. We hope to resolve that issue this year.”
The Sheriff also credited the delay of moving into the new jail as a plus, noting, “By having this delay, we did not have some of the expected operational expenses we had planned. But, at the end of the day, this is great effort by the GCSO staff and the County Commission to be good stewards of county tax payer’s money.”