The primary item on this week’s Cherokee County Commission agenda was approval of the agreement to work with the Board of Education and Sheriff’s Office on the School Resource Officer Program.
The motion in the meeting was made by Commissioner Marcie Foster with a second coming from Commissioner Randy Jones, and with unanimous approval – Cherokee County now has a School Resource Officer Program.
Afterwards, we spoke with Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, who introduced us to the man who’ll be a vital component of that program:
The Sheriff also introduced us to another veteran with the department moving into a brand new position, following the retirement of Harley Lamey:
During the planning session held before this week’s regular meeting Chief Deputy Josh Summerford thanked the County Commission for their continued support and assistance in obtaining important grants for the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit.
Summerford said the Major Crimes Unit was formed in late 2014, and since that time seven murders have occurred in the county, all of which have been solved, with a total of 8 people having been arrested in connection with those cases. Five have already been sent to prison, and three are still in the county jail awaiting trial. They also managed to close one cold case homicide from several years ago.
Summerford’s full address to the commission has been posted below:
In other business during Tuesday’s regular meeting several amendments were approved to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget due to inclusion of the School Resource Officer Program;
They also adopted the 2019/2020 County Commission meeting schedule.
It was agreed to move the polling place from the Fellowship Hall at the Ebenezer Methodist Church to the Macedonia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1455 County Road 241 in Centre; that move being made due to a recent fire which destroyed the Fellowship Hall at Ebenezer Methodist;
Approval was granted to supplement Sheriff’s Office Exempt Employees from the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Fund, annually, at October 1st of each year – retroactive to October 1st of 2019;
In closing, Commission member Marcie Foster commended the Regulators Motorcycle Club (MC) East Alabama Chapter and the entire community for an incredible turnout last Saturday at their “Build-A-Bed” event with the “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” organization which constructs beds for children in need.
Volunteers built a total of 77 beds that day, exceeding the goal of 60.
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Commission is set for Monday, November 25th at 5:00pm, taking place in the County Administration Building on the Cedar Bluff Road in Centre.