Thank you for your interest in the County and its ability to fund public safety. In response to the story on MCCDA and their pay freeze I wanted to make sure you knew where the County and I stand.

I and the County support the leadership of MCCDA and their willingness to vote for a COLA freeze during this difficult budget time. We fully support using the 1.2 million for a COLA freeze to restore MCCDA positions allowing the County to reopen 57 jail beds at Inverness for 11 FTE. It is in this area, that there is 100% agreement between all parties. There are other aspects of the proposal where we still need to reach an agreement and we hope to get to a win win for the public, the County and the bargaining unit that is making a sacrifice to restore services.

Thank you again for your interest.

Sheriff Skipper