Clinton County Commission, Sheriff's Office squabble over fuel budget

AP News Staff
November 05, 2018 - 7:43 am

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PLATTSBURG, Mo. -- The Clinton County Commission and the Sheriff's Office are at odds over the gasoline budget.

Commissioners say the Sheriff Larry Fish's office has overspent the budget by $53,000. The county is in litigation over the spending. There have been disagreements over multiple issues between the sheriff and the county commission over the past year. 

"Our vehicle fuel budget normally runs about $50,000 a year, but it got cut back down to $30,000," Fish said. "We already knew there's just no way we're going to be able to handle it."

Presiding County Commissioner Wade Wilken, Jr. said he called the sheriff's fuel creditor, who asked him if they should shut off the account. Wilken said that was not his call.  

"We weren't trying to shut off his fuel," Wilken said. "He can still provide service he feels are necessary."

The sheriff's office plans to use some discretionary money to fuel its vehicles for the time being. Deputies' fuel cards are still working.

"We're going to guarantee that the citizens get the service that they need, regardless of what bickering is going on between my office and their office," Fish said.

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