County lawmakers pare back sheriff's overtime request

NORWICH – Instead of a far greater amount originally requested, Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting was approved to transfer $91,000 from his budget for part–timers to an over–time line item in order to compensate corrections officers for over time accrued this year.

An initial request of $165,000 was pared back. County lawmakers agreed to the amount at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Monday. The 2010 overtime budget increased from $225,000 for the year to $316,000. Overtime for corrections officers was $215,000 last year.

Appropriating the additional amount didn’t sit well with at least one county legislator. Preston Supervisor Peter C. Flanagan compared the county’s new Public Safety Facility on Upper Ravine Road in the Town of Norwich with the former jail in the City of Norwich, saying then Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren regularly requested more over time funds for the same reasons.

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