The Schleicher County Commissioners Court met Tuesday, December 28th and heard from Chief Deputy Chip Magee who explained that the Sheriff’s Office was approved for a $522,332.98 grant from the Homeland Security Grants Division.

Grant writer Michelle Martinez helped obtain the 2022 Operation Lone Star Grant. The purpose of the grant is to enhance inter-agency border security operations, to deter criminal activity and detain non-citizens inmates.

The Sheriff’s Office will not receive the funds until later in the year, but when the money arrives, $180,000 will be devoted to the purchase of equipment. Slightly more than $287,000 will help pay personnel costs with $24,000 for supplies and just over $31,000 for indirect costs. The grant funds must be expended by August 31, 2023.

After a brief discussion, the commissioners voted to accept the grant. The commissioners also authorized the Sheriff’s Office to convert from a 14-day work period to a seven-day work week.

Among other business, the commissioners approved an amendment to the Concho Valley Council of Government’s transit contract. The also approved hiring a new Elections Administrator to replace Rosemary Adame, who resigned in order to run for County Clerk.

County Judge Charlie Bradley presided over the final meeting of 2021 with Commissioners Kirk Griffin, Gary Gibson, Steve Nelson and Chris Meador in attendance.

The next meeting of the Schleicher County Commissioners Court is slated for 9 a.m. on Monday, January 10th in the Memorial Building.