Lauderdale Co. Sheriff wants more money for uniforms, lawmaker disagrees

Published: May. 16, 2015 at 1:31 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2015 at 1:31 AM CDT
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Lauderdale County sheriff wants more money for deputy uniforms, but the commission chair and one state representative are keeping a local bill from passing.

Lauderdale County is just one of three departments in the state that requires an act in legislature for a change in uniform allowance.

A new bill drafted by sheriff Rick Singleton and representative Phillip Pettus would give complete control to the county commission to decide how much is budgeted to provide uniforms for new deputies and a yearly maintenance allowance for all deputies.

But commission chairman Dewy Mitchell and representative Johnny Morrow refused to sign the bill.

"Pathetic, irresponsible, totally disrespectful, there's no excuse for him not to sign this bill, our county commission is elected by the people in this county, they support this bill, so why should one legislator who represents less than seven percent of our population hold it up?" said Singleton.

Representative Morrow says he won't sign off on anything he doesn't believe in. He says there either needs to be a cap in spending on the bill or the money needs to come from other sources.

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