Pitt County Sheriff: Budget Cuts Might Force Layoffs

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks says his office has been asked to cut its budget putting up to 16 full-time and all part time jobs on the line.

Pitt County Manager Scott Elliot says only part-time positions have been targeted, but Sheriff Neil Elks says to make the 2.5% reductions Elliott asked for full time positions would have to be cut. The sheriff says he plans to make cuts in other categories such as overtime, ammunition, and office supplies to ensure the least amount of staff is let go.

At this point, the budget cuts are just proposals until meetings with each department head and a vote from the county commissioners. Elliott says unfortunately with low revenue, cuts have to be made.

"I can say that revenues are down for next year so we are looking to cut in any corner that we can cut to reduce those expenditures," said Elliott.

For now the county manager's and sheriff's salaries are not being targeted. The county manager makes $162,652 dollars. Sheriff Neil Elks makes $84, 304.

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  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    I markings did not initiate a new template which costs money,,, any time you change an existing design it costs money... there is a lot of wasteful spending going on...
  • by WHAT Location: GVILLE on May 5, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    ACTUALLY unbelievable, they are decals, not paint schemes, and either way new cars have to have new decals so how is that wasting money?
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      by fact or fiction on May 5, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to WHAT
      I agree with the part of your answer. Yes the new cars have to be marked but what about the new car that was striped and Neil didn't like it after driving it around a few days. Took it back and got it striped the way they are now. I know the man doing the work order did that car for free, NOT. Let's just hope that was the only car that was marked and changed. Wasteful spending.
  • by Unbelievable on May 5, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    After reading the blog comments, I had the opportunity to drive past the Courthouse,,, and yes the paint scheme on the cars has been changed.. was that a necessary cost to the tax payers???
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    Please don't writing stuff you know nothing about. The insurance plan at the county isn't free if both employees work for them, nor is it $20.00 a pay period. Please look up information and get your facts before posting!!! Ignorance is not an excuse!!
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 06:53 PM in reply to
      Actually it is and it is also free for there dependants. Evidently you don't have your information correct. If ignorance is not an excuse, I guess you have no excuse for your posting.
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        by Rolling Eyes on May 5, 2011 at 03:04 AM in reply to
        You are dreaming if you think it is free. Do your research and perhaps you might get a clue. Nothing in this county is free!
  • by Marjorie Location: Pitt County on May 4, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    Cuts: "...this is only going to cost taxpayers on the other end when those that get laid off need unemployment, food stamps, etc because they don't have a job!" Another area needing to be curbed/limited/cut back on. The public sector and entitlement seekers all, need to be cut back on, limited in number to remove waste, abuse, where such people are told NO MORE. Get back to limited government, where SOLID competitive jobs are made in the private sector. Where Americans in general learn how to handle their own responsibilities. We don't need more nanny... we need less nanny.
  • by Really on May 4, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    In this economy... Did Elks really need to change the paint on the cars,,, What about the unfilled positions that were sitting there when he took office,,, I think it was 9 unfilled postions,,, who got all of those positions??? Oh yeah, dang I forgot had to fulfill campaign promises,,, silly me,,, what was I thinking?
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on May 4, 2011 at 02:40 AM
    Easy solution. Drop the county manager's salary to $150k/yr. and the Sheriff's to $75k/yr. That'll make up the 2.5%. If they can't live on $150k or $75k a year, they fail at life and need to be replaced. My wife and I live on about $40k/yr between the two of us. We aren't rich but we are happy. We'd be happier with a little more but we don't need much more. I'm not gonna knock the Sheriff's salary but what does this "county manager" do that necessitates that kind of dough? This is why we're in a recession. Our government allows its leaders to pay themselves whatever they want. And that's far from the worst case, but a fine example. If you need more than $50k a year to live a decent life (individually - $100k for a couple) you pretty much fail at money. (Not making it but managing it.)
  • by Anonymous Location: Ayden, NC on May 3, 2011 at 09:50 PM
    Did you ever hear of "Coming out of retirement?" When he started work after being ELECTED into office, the County (By Law) he to stop his retirement check and put him in the active employee list resulting in his salary as Sheriff of Pitt County. I know the county is not that stupid. They have an excellent Human Resources Manager and I know she is on top of it.
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      by Really on May 4, 2011 at 06:35 AM in reply to
      Surely he did not make 80k during his retirement... He came out of Retirement and got a raise! There were unfilled positions when he took office,,, He has changed the paint scheme on the cars,,, who knows what else they have wasted money on...
  • by Dawson Page Location: Ayden, NC on May 3, 2011 at 09:44 PM
    Come on criticizers, Man up or Woman up. Put your name on your comments. You afraid someone might know you? You afraid to speak up in class? Do you think you will be reprimanded for your comments? Well just remember, it is your constitutional right to speak out in AMERICA!
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      by LEO on May 4, 2011 at 04:38 PM in reply to Dawson Page
      Think back about 14 years ago when this tactic was tried. Put it out there that we are loosing deputies so the public could panic. The Sheriff is the one talking layoffs. If the public wants to know about spending and is it wasted you can get alot of information through the county because it is public record. The county had to cut back last year without any layoffs and it has been done in the past when times were tight. So put your big boys pants on and cut the wasteful spending.
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      by Afraid? on May 5, 2011 at 03:05 AM in reply to Dawson Page
      Wouldn't you be, Dawson, if it were YOUR job or your spouse's that was possibly on the chopping block and speaking your mind could tip the scales? I'm sure people are walking on eggshells. Why don't you stop being so judgmental when you are not in jeopardy!
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      by Rights on May 5, 2011 at 03:08 AM in reply to Dawson Page
      Reprimanded? Possibly! Fired? Possibly! When they are talking layoffs at an agency where you are "hired and fired at the will of the Sheriff" why would anyone in their right mind who works there sign their name to anything that might disagree with him?
  • by Dawson Page Location: Ayden, NC on May 3, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    Facebook friends and family. We can not allow this to happen. I worked with the Sheriff's Office during Sheriff Billy Vandiford's period in office and in those 11 years, the sheriff's office was never staffed completely. This understaffing caused two to three times the work on our deputies. Deputies went without taking meal breaks, performed duties that were not necessarily their expertise and deputies work into the next shifts as much a 4 hours in order to complete the night or day shift they just finished. SPEAK OUT CITIZENS !!! YOU, have put people in office to make things work for your protection. They are called COUNTY COMMISSIONERS and they need to hear from YOU about this matter. Sheriff Elks was already understaffed when he took office and he made changes in order to make sure YOU were protected shortly after he took office. He can not afford anymore cut backs! We can not afford less deputies on the road ! SPEAK OUT CITIZENS OF PITT COUNTY!!! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!! dp

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