On Monday, it was reported that the Chrisitan County Sheriff’s Office will receive $850,895 from the CARES Act to reimburse Sheriff’s Office payroll costs.
Gov. Andy Beshear announced that 15 Western Kentucky Local Governments would receive reimbursement funds, while 16 — including the Christian County Sheriff’s Office — had received preliminary approval. Once the final documentation is submitted to the Department of Local Government, each will receive those funds.
Christian County Treasurer Walter Cummings said the funds are allocated within the budget for the fiscal year from the fiscal court and the funds are for reimbursing the Christian County Sheriff’s Office frontline salaries.
Cummings said the funds are crucial to helping the department, as they have been crucial amidst the pandemic, taking on extra hours and serving as security.
“It’ll be tremendous,” Cummings said. “They’ve had overtime, we’re using sheriff deputies at the courthouse for security, we’ve had overtime for those things [and] they’ve been out there and just been critical through all this. It’s vital. It really is. I’m just so pleased that we were allocated that amount.”
DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene said it’s crucial to help local governments who have been experiencing revenue issues.
“We know our local governments are experiencing decreases in revenue, making this funding even more important while we combat this crisis,” Keene said. “Our staff is working diligently to make the process simple and efficient so we can get reimbursements out the door to our cities and counties as quickly as possible.”