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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Lawrence County Prosecutor Request for Receptionist Denied due to Hiring Freeze

LAWRENCE COUNTY - MAY 30, 2023 - The Lawrence County Council denied Lawrence County Prosecutor's request for a receptionist due to a hiring freeze.

Lawrence County Prosecutor's request for a receptionist was denied last week

The request died in a 5-1 vote, with Amy Redman voting in favor of the request, Lawrence County Council member Julie Heweston did not attend the meeting last Tuesday.

The prosecutor has been trying to hire a deputy prosecutor for several weeks and at this time has not been able to fill this position.

At least three deputy prosecutors have left his office recently, which included former Chief Deputy Prosecutor Allision Chopra, Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Weddle and Deputy Prosecutor Jenifer Tucker Young.

Deputy Prosecutor Justin Grant was hired to fill one of those vacancies on a part-time basis.

According to Prosecutor Arp he was to fund the position 4-D funds and both 4-D and Prosecutor General Fund when he returns during the budget time later this year.

Photo: Lawrence County Council members Julie Heweston did not attend last week's council meeting

Lawrence County Council member Phil Inman asked about the lease the Prosecutor's office entered into recently and how that will impact his budget for the remainder of the year.

Arp told the council members that he was using a diversion fund to help with that purchase.

Lawrence County Council members implemented a hiring freeze for all county departments except for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department who had vacancies in the jail, dispatchers and merit officers.

The Lawrence County Council asked the Prosecutor return at budget time for additional staffing requests.

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