June 5, 2007

Sheriff's Animal Farm open this Sunday

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public this Sunday, June 10th, 2007, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, an 100 pound tortoise and more. 

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm as well. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.

June 1, 2007

Sheriff delivers zero increase budget proposal to the Commission

Sheriff Rick Roth delivered his proposed budget to the County Thursday with a bottom line which is the same as last year’s budget.

The proposed budget provides for a 3% cost of living increase for employees, and cuts eleven positions including a law enforcement lieutenant, four Elementary School Resource Officers, two deputies in the lower Keys and two in the middle Keys, supervisor positions in the Civil Division and in Jail Transportation. Total savings for the elimination of these positions is $768,000.00 a year.

Other cuts include:

“We have always tried to bring a bare bones budget to the Commission,” said Sheriff Rick Roth. “In the past, most of our significant increases have been in salaries – and they have been necessary increases to keep us competitive in the job market.  When I found out the County was having budget trouble, and that we would have to tighten our belts even more,  I began holding weekly budget meetings, taking suggestions from anyone and everyone in the Sheriff’s Office for where we could cut. The end result is this zero increase budget,” he said.

To see a copy of the Sheriff’s proposed budget, visit the Sheriff’s Office web site at http://www.keysso.net/admin_divs/financediv/budget/financediv_budget.htm.