Update on Wilkes County Sheriff's Office's new patrol

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Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, Ga. (WRDW) -- The contract for the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office to patrol Washington goes to commissioners next week, Sheriff Mark Moore said.

The contract for $516,000 a year goes up for final approval next Thursday.

Moore said he moved three part-time deputies, two of them former Washington Police Department Officers, to full time. On July 17, Washington City Council voted 4-3 to disband the police department. Washington Mayor Ames Barnett broke the 3-3 tie.

The K9 at Washington PD has been adopted by someone, Moore said. Moore said he will meet with the district attorney to figure out what to do with all of the old evidence in the evidence room at Washington PD.

He also hired four more full time deputies, all former Washington officers. Moore said he'll sign their paperwork and approve one more hire today. These 8 new employees would bring the total numbers of deputies on staff to 26.

They've been training new people and issuing equipment used by the Washington PD, including patrol cars. Employees at the Police Department are getting four weeks pay for severance.

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