Decatur county commissioners suspend warden; also working on budget

Decatur County Prison Warden Elijah McCoy has been suspended, with pay, Decatur County Commission Chairman Dennis Brinson confirmed Wednesday.

Brinson said McCoy’s suspension from work was related to an “internal investigation” but said he could not elaborate further.

Commissioners made the decision to suspend Warden McCoy during a closed session at the end of their regular meeting on Tuesday morning, according to Brinson. Commissioners directed interim County Administrator Perry Henry to convey the suspension to McCoy, Brinson said.

County officials working to complete annual budget

In other news, county officials are working to complete a final draft of a budget for their 2015-2016 fiscal year, which began on July 1. Commissioners recently had to approve a spending resolution to keep county government running in July while the budget is finalized.

The delay was partially due to interim administrator Perry Henry, who stepped into the role on April 30, saying he did not have enough knowledge of each county department’s budgets to have the budget ready for public hearings in June.

However, Brinson said Monday he met with Henry and county accounting manager Michelle West regarding budget preparations.

“It’s moving along and we should have a document to review for commissioners soon,” Brinson said.

Brinson said he believed the budget draft would be complete in time for Alan Thomas, whom commissioners have indicated they plan to hire as a permanent county administrator, arrives at the county administration building sometime later in July.

Commissioners still have to take a formal vote on Alan Thomas’ hiring, which will presumably happen at their July 28 meeting at 7 p.m. Commissioners have said Thomas, the former Decatur County Administrator from 1989-2005, will accept the job if it is offered to him.

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