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Monday, August 28, 1995

County approves 12 transfers to RCDC

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Reeves County Commissioners approved the transfer of 12 Reeves County Sheriff's Department employees to the Reeves County Detention Center this morning, in an effort to curb expenses at the sheriff's office.

The changes, part of a cut of 15 employees from the sheriff's department, were recommended two weeks ago by Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo. He said income to the sheriff's department from housing non-county inmates had dropped over the past few years, causing the deficit in the department's budget.

New officers, meanwhile, are needed at the detention center, due to the recently opening addition to the facility. The new cells have increased the RCDC inmate population by over 100.

The changes were part of an effort by Galindo to cut the overall county budget, which he told commissionas was about $1 million in debt.

All the transferred employees will be receiving a $2,000 a year raise in pay, due to the transfer.

The transferred employees include:
Juan R. Salcido who will be earning $19,193.20 per year, up from $17,139.20 at the sheriff's department; Adela C. George, $16,000 up from S14,000; Gloria C. Natividad, $ 16,000 up from $14,000; Ruben Dominguez, $20,534, up from, $18,534.88; Michael J. Lara, $16,000, up from $14,000; George L. Villanueva, $16,000, up from $14,000; Erminia Zermeno, $18,299, up from, $16,999; Aidee Muniz, $18,299, up from, $16,299; Larry Rodriguez, $18,000, up from, $16,000; Richard Carrasco, $18,000, up from, $16,000; Joe Lerma, Jr. $17,240, up from, $15,240 and Johnny Thorp, $17,200, up from, $15,200.

Due to a resignation in the sheriff's dcpanment, Beuy Gomez, who had been scheduled to transfer to the RCDC, will stay at her position at her current salary of $16,848.

Cesano Urias' status was adjusted from deputy sheriff to jailer four at $17,500 per year; Catalina Ybarra as kitchen supervisor at the sheriff's department at a salary of $19,530 per year and Alfredo Martinez was made jail supervisor at an annual salary of $19,000.

Also approved during their morning's commissioners court meeting was the employment of Enrique Meza at the county courthouse as a groundskeeper at a salary of $5 per hour. His starting pay had been set at $4.25 per hour, however due to the departure of Arturo Vasquez, who had also been working as groundskeeper, his salary was adjusted.

"We'll only have one person working as groundskeeper here at the courthouse," said Galindo. "We want to do everything that we can to hold expenses down as much as possible," he said.

Under personnel and salary changes commissioners also agreed to renew the contract for the registered nurse at the RCDC with one stipulation. The stipulation would be that the nurse would serve only at the detention center.

The terms will be re-evaluated on Dec. 31, Galindo said.

In other items today, commissioners heard a presentation from Reverend Gene Brown of First Christian Church of Monahans. Brown spoke to the commissioners about an agreement which would allow use of the American Cancer Society's Golf Pass at Reeves County's Golf Course.

"I'm the pastor of the church and a volunteer of the American Cancer Society and as the West Texas representative spend my time talking about the golf pass that we've started," Brown said.

"We're a reputable charity, a community charity and last year raised about $4,200 and spent about $42,000 in the two counties, Reeves and Loving," he said. That included providing hospital beds, or doing education programs for various businesses and schools, and passing along pertinent information to individuals, Brown said.

Brown said under the golf pass, courses sign a contract with the group that will provide for a free green pass. "We compile those into a booklet that we call our Texas Golf Pass and sell those for $25 which are good for a year," said Brown.

"We have over 170 golf courses in the state of Texas which provide us with over 300 golfers," Brown said. "We use the funds that we generate from that to provide for the many services that we offer."

"For example, if we have an individual who has cancer and they are in need of a hospital bed, we will provide that hospital bed for the individual free of charge," he added.

Brown also said that they give a large portion of their money to cancer research.

"You have an opportunity for folks who might not normally stop at your golf course to play and see that they have an opportunity for a free green fee and everybody loves a good deal, especially golfers," said Brown. "They stop and they, play and I would recommend to you that you require them to rent a golf cart, so they can spend some of their money back into the community."

"We know from the demographics of our sales that a large portion of the individuals who buy our golf pass are reared folks, they travel in their RV's and that's an opportunity for your golf course to have them stop here," he said.

A number of golf courses in West Texas are current members of the golf pass, stated Brown.

"I want to thank you for these efforts, I know we need people like you to do these things," said Commissioner Precinct 3 Herman Tarin. "I think this would be a good thing."

"I wholeheartedly back this up and like you said it's a one time pass to the golf course," said Galindo. "And those specific contributors would have a chance to visit the other golf courses."

While commissioners voiced their support for the plan, no vote was taken since it was listed only as a discussion item on the agenda.

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