Salvation Army withdraws from Holmes County probation services

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners 8-27-2013
Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM.

BONIFAY — A workshop was held before the Holmes County Board of County Commissioner’s regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 27 to discuss Salvation Army’s recent announcement that they will no longer provide probation services for Holmes County.

“What the Board will hear is a request to bring the probation services under the management of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners, the judge and the clerk of court,” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “Collections made from this service will be more than enough to pay for this program. What’s more is that employees will be transferred so there won’t be a need for hiring new employees and there are some employees that have over 30 years of experience to bring to the table.”

The only request to the board was to finance the first three months of the program with an agreement to have the money returned to the county within a 12-month period.

“We have the money and it’s too bad but the Salvation Army is wanting to move on to bigger and better things,” said Judge Owen Powell. “We’re not looking for a hand out and this is not an obligation you have to worry about. Rehabilitation is an important thing to have because it’s the chance to rehabilitate without the use of the jail.”

Clerk of Court Kyle Hudson said there was already a location in the courthouse and this would be a positive change because that would put all of the necessary requirements and aspects of the probation process in one area.

Board agreed that it would be something to discuss at the next meeting in September and Goodman said he would have a proposed ordinance ready then for the Board to approve of.

Board approved of Sandpath Road Phase II Sidewalk agreement with a vote of 4 to 1, with Commissioner Kenneth Williams voting “no.”



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