When Weakley County Sheriff Mike Wilson came before the Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week to discuss a county/city partnership for school resource officers, Mayor Randy Brundige introduced the issue.
He said the board basically had three options: to continue their existing program of three SROs, one being shared by Martin Primary and Elementary schools, and continue to pay all three officers; to stop paying the officers and let the county take over the cost and administration; or to take the funding for the fourth officer and keep all four as Martin Police Department employees.
When Wilson made his proposal to subsidize the fourth officer at up to $50,000, depending on the actual cost, he spoke strongly of the need to provide an SRO in every school in the county.
“I think it’s one of the best things that this county will ever do,” he said.
He said the county’s plan for school year 2019-20 would be to subsidize all of Martin’s SROs with a contribution of up to $200,000.
Due to the absence of Edwards and Alderman Terry Hankins at the city’s formal meeting Monday night, the board postponed a decision until a specially called meeting planned for July 19.
See full story in the July 10 edition of the Weakley County Press.