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LPSO to receive additional funding; city court employees granted raises

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Posted at 2:31 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 11:09:39-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office will receive additional funding from Lafayette Consolidated Government.

During Tuesday night's meeting, the council approved to give the sheriff’s office $1.25 million to house city prisoners. The money will be paid in quarterly installments and must be used on capital expenditures.

The council also approved to transfer $401,546 from the parish juvenile jail budget to the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber suspended JAC earlier this year because, according to him, there was a lack of funding from LCG.

The original number being reported was $200,000 higher, but Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux amended the ordinance because he said there had been a miscalculation.

In other news, employees with Lafayette City Court will be getting a five percent pay raise starting next year.

The ordinance was initially put on the agenda after Judge Douglas Saloom expressed his frustration over his employees being excluded from a pay raise for city employees.

Judge Saloom, alongside several of his employees, were at Tuesday night's council meeting. The decision was met with praise followed by Saloom thanking the council for their service.