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County sheriff’s office shuffles positions

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:00 am

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department recently saw several changes made, including the naming of a new deputy sheriff and the creation of a corporal position.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Crawford County Commissioners, Jeff Leguard was approved to take over the deputy sheriff spot that was previously filled by Democratic sheriff candidate Neil Fratus, who resigned on May 28. Leguard previously worked as the department’s sergeant.

The promotion comes with a pay cut, however, in order to accommodate a new corporal position. At the commissioners’ request, the salary for the deputy sheriff was decreased by $1,000, down to $52,275.45 a year. Full-time deputy Brendan Peters will step into the corporal role, a job which will entail overseeing vehicle maintenance for the department, scheduling deputies for front door duty at the court house and judicial center, handling of warrants and other such matters.

Peters will receive a 50 cents raise in his hourly pay, bringing it to $19.78 an hour, or roughly $41,142.40 per year.

Crawford County Commissioner Chairman Francis Weiderspahn expressed some concerns involving the corporal position at the June 19 meeting due to the extra cost it would incur. However, he said that Hoke’s decision to cut the deputy sheriff’s pay in order to afford the corporal convinced him.

“Because he was willing to do that, I was willing to vote for it,” Weiderspahn said.

The commissioners also approved the moving of full-time deputy David Powers into the sergeant spot vacated by Leguard. Powers is also running for Crawford County Sheriff on the Republican ticket. Powers will receive a $1 pay raise, bringing his hourly rate to $19.70 an hour, or $40,976 per year.

The Herald attempted to contact Sheriff Hoke for comment, but he was unavailable.

Fratus resigned from the deputy sheriff position over what he described as an increasingly partisan environment in the department that made it difficult for him to serve his job.

“Due to circumstances outside of my control, the dynamic of the office changed after the announcement of Deputy Powers’ intent to run for the position of Sheriff,” Fratus wrote in a letter announcing his resignation. “The change in the office dynamic from that point on escalated to a point that does not allow me to fulfill the duties of chief deputy.”

Fratus announced his candidacy for sheriff as a Republican in December 2018. He ran unopposed for most of that time, but Powers entered the race in March of this year.

Powers narrowly won the race, receiving 4,095 votes to Fratus’ 3,981. However, Fratus would go on to win the Democratic nomination via write-in votes, receiving 634 votes. Powers scored 468 votes in the same race.

Other meeting news

A vote that would allow a country music concert planned for next year to serve alcohol at the Crawford County Fairgrounds was tabled. According to Weiderspahn, the concert organizers are still putting together their plan for the alcohol sale, and would return at a later date. The concert is a joint venture by Arc, One Federal Credit Union and the Meadville Fraternal Order of Police, and is planned to take place in summer 2020. The concert would serve as fundraiser for the involved groups.

Approval was given to a transfer agreement providing $3,923.91 of the county’s 2016 Community Development Block Grant allotment to Centerville. The money will be used for a blight project in the borough. Specifically, the funds are paying for the removal of some concrete left over from the demolition of a blighted property near the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department and the reseeding of the area with new grass.

Several payments were made for the ongoing county boarding home project that will see a portion of the former Quality of Living Center converted into a 15-bed home for use by Crawford County Human Services. Perry Construction Group was paid $1,068,750 for demolition and construction work, while Construction Code Inspectors Inc. were paid $8,500 for a building permit.

The next meeting of the Crawford County Commissioners will take place on July 3, at 9:30 a.m., at the county courthouse.

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1 comment:

  • Jahoba posted at 5:40 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 227

    This pleases me and is good news for the community.


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