Pomeroy school resource officer funding agreement reached

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POMEROY — Following a discussion with the sheriff’s office and school district, Garfield County Commissioners are working on an agreement to hire a resource officer for the Pomeroy School District.

Commissioners met with Sheriff Ben Keller and Superintendent Doug LaMunyan on Monday and agreed the county would use grant funds and other money from the sheriff’s office to cover wages and benefits.

If the costs of the position exceed the amount of county funding available, the school district would be required to contribute up to a certain amount, which has yet to be determined.

The county received a $125,000 federal grant to fund salary for a resource officer position for three years, with an expected local match of about $23,000 per year for benefits. The grant also requires retaining the officer for a fourth year, which would be entirely paid for locally.

Commissioners asked that the agreement lapse after the fourth year if there is no further grant funding.

Once the agreement is drafted, it will be signed by the county and the school district, and the sheriff’s office will begin the hiring process for an officer, who would start work August 9.

In other business, the commissioners met as a public health board to approve payroll and discuss staff, and surplused three county computers.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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