Agreement Expected to Avert McDowell Sheriff’s Layoffs

WELCH– A McDowell County official says an agreement has been reached to boost the county’s budget and avoid laying off additional sheriff’s deputies.

Media outlets report an agreement among the county commission and two other agencies was disclosed at a commission meeting Wednesday.

Commission President Gordon Lambert says at least $50,000 per month will be available in royalties from a coal mining operation in the county.

Lambert says under the agreement, $36,000 will go to the county’s general fund. The county Ambulance Authority will receive $10,000 a month and the Economic Development Authority will receive $4,000.

County attorney Ed Kornish told Sheriff Martin West the commission must hold meetings to figure out where the money will go. But Kornish said he’s “sure the sheriff’s department will get a portion of that.”

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