Hamilton County sheriff Jim Hammond asks for more than $1.8 million budget increase

Hamilton County sheriff Jim Hammond asks for more than $1.8 million budget increase

May 7th, 2012 by Ansley Haman in Local Regional News

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks to the media in this file photo.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is requesting a more than $1.8 million increase for next year.

About half of that increase would fund five corrections officers, four patrol officers and two detectives. The other half would be for operations increases, including fuel expenses.

Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham said commissioners won't be supporting a tax increase and asked Hammond if he could live without an increase.

Hammond said the department had overages in several areas this year. "That's my concern, the things we have no control over," Hammond said.

See Tuesday's Times Free Press for added coverage.