Magistrates met last week in the historic courthouse for the bi-monthly meeting of fiscal court. The court manages the county's financial affairs. There are six districts within the county and each has an elected representative on the court. Presiding over the meetings is Judge Executive Logan Chick. Dickie Carter serves District One, Jack Crossley serves District Two, Barry Wright serves District Three, Drexel Johnson serves District Four, Jo Orange serves District Five and Thomas Bouldin serves District Six.

Each meeting of the fiscal court begins with paying the county bills, road work requests in each district, elected official reports and department head reports. These meetings are open to the public and are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

During the Tuesday's meeting, Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker informed the court he had lost three deputies recently. Two left for other employment opportunities while another retired. According to sheriff Wallace Whittaker, two new deputies have been hired, with one still being looked at.

Whittaker also told magistrates of a letter he received from Circuit Judge Tyler Gill requesting one more full-time bailiff at the Justice Center. The sheriff's department currently has eight bailiffs on the payroll. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) pays $9 per hour toward a bailiff's salary, however, the county has to bare the brunt of the cost which includes a benefit package.

Magistrate Thomas Bouldin asked Whittaker if Gill had sent a letter to the AOC asking them to fund the position.

"If they will pay for it we will hire one," said Bouldin.

Whittaker said he would handle the issue, but he was pretty sure the AOC would not authorize another full-time position.

During the meeting, Magistrate Dickie Carter inquired about the county having a purchasing agent. This person would be responsible for purchasing office supplies at bulk rate for all of the county departments. Carter believes purchasing in bulk could

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lower the costs rather than allowing each department to buy their own supplies. No action was taken.

Nathan Cockrill introduced himself to the fiscal court Tuesday. Cockrill has been hired as the county's solid waste coordinator.

Members of the fiscal court opened two bids for the sale of a 1996 Ford 1 Ton Truck the county road department no longer wants. The body chose Adam Wright's bid of $1,506, which was the highest. Magistrate Barry Joe Wright abstained from the vote due to Adam being a relative. The vehicle currently does not run.

Members of the fiscal court opened quotes for the purchase of equipment to outfit two 2018 Ford Explorers for the sheriff's department. The body selected On Duty Depot for $5,660 each.

Magistrates approved the reappointment of Jim Tremble and Rawlie Greer to the local board of assessment appeal for a three year term. They also approved county officials 2018 bonds and an annual one-time increase of $50 to full and part-time Logan County employees.