Sheriff Ricky Chastain appeared before Laurens County Council last night, requesting the retention and reassignment of two county deputies who are currently assigned to the Laurens County Memorial Hospital, under a contract with the hospital. Sheriff Chastain noted the Greenville Health System is terminating the contract to provide deputies at the hospital, as of March 31st. The Sheriff asked County Council that the Sheriff’s office be allowed to retain the two officers for reassignment to the Sheriff’s Patrol Division, which would result in the county picking up the cost of $60,000 per year. Sheriff Chastain said he wants to assign the two officers to working between 2 pm and 2 am, which is considered peak demand time for deputies.
Council Chairman Jim Coleman asked Chastain if there was enough money in his budget to cover keeping them at the hospital and paying their salary until the end of the fiscal year.
“If they can be paid for the next three months, then, as we go forward with our budget process we will deal with this request.”
Chastain told council that he could cover the salary till June, and in response to a question by Councilman Ted Nash, he said that if a qualified opening occurs within the Sheriff’s Office during the next three months, he could reassign them.