Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sheriff to continue Pomona patrols

By The Herald Staff | 1/17/2014

POMONA — Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies will continue to patrol the City of Pomona.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to renew the contract between the sheriff’s office and Pomona, an agreement renewed each January, according to county documents.

POMONA — Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies will continue to patrol the City of Pomona.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday morning to renew the contract between the sheriff’s office and Pomona, an agreement renewed each January, according to county documents.

The sheriff’s office is to provide 35 to 40 hours per week of daily patrol and continue to provide 24-hour call and services, according to the contract.

“We’re extremely pleased with the sheriff’s department and their patrol in Pomona,” Marie Seneca, Pomona mayor, said. “They make an effort to stagger patrol hours so they don’t become predictable and have alley patrols, and we’re pleased with the service we’ve received from them.”

The City of Pomona is expected to pay Franklin County $60,837 for the sheriff’s office’s services made in four payments of $15,209.25 on Jan. 30, April 15, June 15 and Sept. 15, according to county documents. The funds for the sheriff’s office’s services come from the city’s general fund, Seneca added.

The cost of the contract is more this year, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. The cost associated with the contract in 2013 was $53,128, he added.

“It’s due to increased cost and a report from the human resources department as to increased costs, whether it’s employee benefits and things of that nature,” she said. “We don’t like to pay more, but we recognize those increases are necessary.”

Because the cost increase wasn’t discussed until the renewal of the contract, it posed some issues for the City of Pomona as the cost was more than what was originally budgeted, Seneca said, making it necessary from now on to have contract negotiations take place during the same time the city and sheriff’s office are working on budgets for the coming year.

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