Pitt County Sheriff Makes Budget Proposal

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks met with county commissioners Thursday morning to present his budget proposal for the upcoming year.

The county asked Elks to make some cuts because it's expecting to make less revenue this year.

Elks says his main goal was to keep full-time jobs and he is expects to do that. But there are some things on the chopping block. His proposal would mean cuts to part-time positions, overtime spending, and special duty pay. There would also be a reduction in the training budget, and for new equipment such as patrol cars and bullet proof vests. Elks says he understands, right now, the county is having tough times.

The county commissioners will now look at his proposal. A final decision is expected within the next few months.


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  • by My Two Cents Worth Location: Greenville on May 25, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Neil is only cutting what the County Manager says to cut. But he will tell you HE is making cuts. He (and his campaign mananger and his campaign managers wife and soon to be his wife..)work for an average salary of around 70,000 a year,Neil cut some of the top heavy salaries and you can put that money to better use somewhere else.Im tired of seeing jobs/positions being used for personal gain only. Cut out the buddy system, like hiring a person never in Law Enforcement making more than people with 25 to 30 years service. It makes people sick to see money spent foolishly.
  • by JusticeForAll on May 21, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Reductions in training budget--yeah that's what we need. Police with even LESS knowledge of the law. They're patrolling the streets wearing body armor, with AR-15s in their cruisers, and he thinks they can get by with less training? Pray for your city, Greenville...
  • by Sunshine Location: Greenville on May 20, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    I think it is so disrepectful that some of you are referring to our Sheriff as "Barney". I bet if your house gets broken into you will be glad to see "Barney" coming!!! I am not sure why you view him in that light, he is nothing like that. Our Sheriff is a good man and alot of people respect him. He has helped MANY in the community. He obviously has alot if supporters because he is in Office now and Mac isn't. Talk about Barney, Barney just left office. I have more respect for this office now than ever. Like I said when you need him He will be there and you will have to eat your harsh words and name calling.
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      by Don on May 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM in reply to Sunshine
      So now we have two Barneys
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        by Sunshine on May 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM in reply to Don
        Grow up!
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 12:33 AM
    it would help a lot if the parents of Pitt County would step up and raise their children with good Christian values.
  • by Anonymous Location: PITT on May 19, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    (Pitt County Sheriff) Is this going to be the new headline everyday now?
  • by Duuhhh on May 19, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    He means that no (or less) new vests will be purchased. Every sworn member that is on patrol has been furnished a bullet proof vest. If you don't know what you're talking about (Sam and Mrs. Lawyer)then please refrain from making dumb comments...sheesh
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      by Sam on May 19, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to Duuhhh
      If everybody has one, why purchase more?
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        by Frank Sinatra on May 20, 2011 at 02:46 AM in reply to Sam
        They have a life of 5 years. After 5 years they must be replaced.
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          by the rookie on May 20, 2011 at 04:59 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
          true, and they where just replaced 2 years ago. it was one of the better ways that mac spent all the money was by buying new vests:)
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 08:55 PM in reply to Duuhhh
      Why not have the Sheriff proofread the story so he can make sure the story is right. Hmmm, he can't. The mews media can say what they want.
  • by Sam on May 19, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    I would certainly think bullet proof vests would be one of the last things to be cut. I hate to say this but I think we have ourselves a "Barney".
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      by Sunshine on May 20, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Sam
      You will think differently of "Barney" when you need him one day. Think twice before throwing your disrepectful judgements around. If you think you can do any better, then why don't YOU run for Sheriff???
  • by Carol on May 19, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Why so many stories on the sheriff and his budget? All county departments are meeting with the commissioners and evaluating cuts and funds. He is no different than any other department head and there are bigger cuts than his.
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 08:50 PM in reply to Carol
      AMEN!
  • by Mrs. Lawyer Location: state on May 19, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Special Attention to Law Enforcment of the county. If your love one is shot in the line of duty due to not enough money to provide bullet proof vest please look for me in the yellow pages.
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 08:49 PM in reply to Mrs. Lawyer
      I need a lawyer.
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      by Also on May 20, 2011 at 04:57 AM in reply to Mrs. Lawyer
      Count the lawsuits to follow when an inproperly trained officer mkes a mistake,,, their defense can and will be I did not receive "training" and the county will pay! Cutting needed training is a huge liability.
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      by leo wife on May 20, 2011 at 05:01 AM in reply to Mrs. Lawyer
      get a life.. the sheriff will make sure they are properly protected. you should just keep on providing your services for the thugs that are out to shoot a leo.
  • by dollar for Location: dollar on May 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    I know I can never keep a dollar,It's slippery&worthless,so give back a dollar to a poorman as you promised!!!
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