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i 8A--The Malakoff News, Thursday, May 7, 1981 By JOHN H. COX himself." During the first quarter of this year Folmar worked under Harris when he there has been a 33 percent turn over of was a patrolman for the city. Harris paid field deputies in the Henderson said that when Folmar resigned as a County Sheriff's Office. The men who policeman to take the job as deputy he have resigned say that the bottom line told the chief that he would probably is time, money and responsibility, only stay with the sheriff's department To put the percentages into per- for about a year because he wanted to spective, three out of nine are no longer continue his education and get into FBI with the force. To replace them, Sheriff work. work a normal day and go home, then they may be called for night time service. Sure we need more officers, but we manage with what we have. My number one priority is to get this county to be the best in the state and have the Just how does the job of a deputy in Henderson county stack up against that of surrounding counties? To find out, the populations and size of several counties was examined. Also, where possible, the salaries and hours were checked. best personnel in the state. I can un- derstand that some may feel the job is In determining the populations, a County comparison co ty ml Nm. a HENDERSON (8) ELLIS (17) KAUFMAN (0) too much. Each man has to decide for check with the latest U.S. Census tallies VAN ZANDT (7) Charlie Fields has hired two full time Both Carver and Westbroek also cited himself." was made, taking the total county ANDEP ON (6) men and one part time who only serves the responsibility that "goes with the County judge Winston Reagan population and subtracting that of the NAVARRO (11') territory." Carver made a comparison seemed to discount any rumblings municipalities which have city police or FREESTONE (5) 7,110 papers. None of the men contacted had any between deputies in the wilderness and within the department over time or constables. Then the number of complaints against Fields or his those in Athens. (He and Westbrook Pit money. "They seem to forget that this deputies per county were divided into predecessor, J. W. Brownlow, but they lived in and were responsible for the HENDERSON did bave a touch of resentment against west end of the county. ) county has more than just deputies to thenumbernet populatiOnof people whiCheach deputygaVe theis $1, 0No those in the county who control the purse strings. Ricky Carver, an ex-deputy in his mid-twenties with a wife and two-year old daughter explained, "I don't see how the county can actually expect a man to 13e on call 24 hours per day for $1,000 a month. I made more than that as a deputy in Harris County four years ago and didn't have the 24 hour bit." Another ex-deputy, Steve Westbrook, 21, lost no time in giving his insights to the problem, "M-O-N-E-Y, if we were getting an hourly wa}e or if the county would come up wire a better wage policy. And hours, even 12 hour shifts would be better than what we have now. All other counties work shifts. But Henderson County, we're 24 hours a day, five days a week. And even on our supposedly off days we'd have to go to court with NO EXTRA PAY ! l !" A third ex-deputy, Deal Folmar, 27, could not be reached to examine his reasons for leaving a job he had served in for over two years. Fields and Athens police chief Dave Harris gave some insight as to why Folmar may have resigned. Fields said that Folmar "told me back when I started running for sheriff that he thought he would eventually go back to school so that he could prepare himself for an eventual FBI career. After I became sheriff he came in a couple of times saying he was thinking about resigning. One of the times he told me he had another security job with better hours and pay in mind. I told him if there was anything I could do to help him I would. I never want to stapd in the way of a man bettering for Mother's Day gift/ ,Frigidaire 30" Range laFrigidaire Frigidaire offers this model with an oven that cleans itself while it cooks. Continuous- cleaning interior start making oven presentably clean during normal baking and roasting. Frigidaire tips its top for easy cleaning. The entire cooktop lifts up and anchors out of the way for easy cleaning of the porcelain enamel subtop below. To help keep spills in their place the Spill-Saver top has raised edges around all four sides, even around the surface unit openings. There's more to elegant black glass styling than meets the eye. The black glass not only looks great, it lets you see what s cooking. And thanks to a see-through window, you can check cooking progress with- out even opening the door. W/T Phillips Appliance & Hardware "Whereas the folks who live around Athens would come to the courthouse or jail to tell their problems, out in our part of the county, they'd come to our house day or night." Westbrook said, "I felt I was tied down because folks expected your home to be same as the sheriff's of. rice." As said before, neither man had anything against Fields. Carver did give his feelings about how the department might be better organized. "I had some regrets because I thought we'd have more manpower, but then I guess Charlie was limited by the (c. mmissioners) court. Then too, I thought we were wasting some of our manpower by operating under three heads (sheriff, chief field deputy, office administrator.) "I think Clmr]te will be an out- standing sheriff in a short while. His only problem is that he takes problems too personal." Both men say they are making more and working less now. Carver is a mechanic for Ellis Motors in Chandler said, "I'm making more money in a week now than I did in a month as a deputy." Westbrook is in the cattle business put it like this, "Last year I made more working my cows part time than I did as a deputy, so you can figure what I'm doing now." Fields, as with all sheriffs who have to reason with county commissioners, said of the situation, "I can't jump on the commissioners court. If they don't have the money, they don't have it. I think they'll give me a couple more men when they get the money. "Yes, the deputies are on call 24 hours a day, but they don't have to report to this office until 10 a.m. They'll cover the law enforcement duties. We responsible for. Also the number of ELLIS have the highway patrol, city police deputies per county were divided into throughout the county, game wardens, constables. Our pay for the deputies is on a par with that of surrounding counties." A side note to Reagan's statement is that most if not all counties have the state highway patrol, city police for municipalities, game wardens and constables the total square miles, giving an area each deputy would be responsible for. In concluding his comments, Carver said, "I know of others still within the department who, as soon as something better comes along will be gone. It's not right for a county to treat its officers like Henderson County does." No Comment Comment t J By JOHN GALEY Distraught family members say District Attorney Melvin Whitaker broke his word to them and wasn't truthful to the judge when he allowed Anthony Wilson to vlea-bargain to KAUFMAN Not VAN ZANDT Available ANDERSON $1020 NAVARRO $I0 , Different FREESTONE Brackets $ Day-24 Hotff (1 weekin 7 Off) 5 Day4 Hour 5 Day-12 HoUr 5-Day-8 Hour demanded money. As her husbandtwo weeks ago about a possible plea- came to the front the man shot him once bargain. He explained that Wilson had in the head and they fled without taking no previous conviction of a violent any money, crime and the death penalty would be Harrison Rogers and Leonard Rogers hard to get. He also told them that a were arrested in connection with the guilty plea would eliminate any ap- murder Monday, April 25. incident and they implicated Wilson. peals and the chance of a conviction Wilson, a 23-year-old Ohio man, t iRogers men have not yet come to michtbeoverturn _ . pleaded guilty before Judge Jack qVhe family talked it over for a oay Holland and was sentenced to life in " 'hey (the Matthews family) are and decidedthey would like to press for prison for the March 1980 shooting emotional about it," Whitaker said. "I a jury trial. bargain, "I eaercised could not get WhRaker said. "In a case you can either and that's it. We got up thing we would have weeks of trial We terested in what th, they are not lawyers. apologies for getting a 5 Day4 HoUr death of Fred Matthews. don't have any apologies for getting a Mrs. Matthews said that the last time The Matthews family says the plea for a life sentence." they had talked to the district at- "if the family was district attorney's office had asked Mrs. Matthews said she learned torney's office before Monday was formed, and the answer tO them if a plea-bargain would be ac- about the plea-bargain around 12:30 around April 15. At that time they had was'yes.'" ceptable and they assured him they p.m. Monday when WhRaker's in- been ,ured the,, wa, on a rece' wanted a jury trial. Monday the plea- vestigator, Randy Gillespie, called her. for May 11, she said. G bargain was made without the faro- She said Gillesple told her that it was She said State Representative Elton et fly's knowledge after Whitaker told all over and that, "We wish we had Bomer had talked to Whitaker last week and Wh/taker had told him he was For all service calls on Judge Holland they approved, known in time so you could have been pressing for the death penalty. Matthews was killed March 13, 1980 there." pllancm, be sure to get I at the Mini Mart at 1415 E. Tyler St'. He Family members say they have done Judge Holland confirmed that heif n charge is av red, and his wife Evelyn managed the store, everything possible to stay in contact "asked if it was okay with the family nie Plernot, a fatal They were working in the hack when with the district attorney's office but and he (Whitaker) said it was." The managementspeclalist.. two men entered the store. 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