Wichita County Sheriff's deputies have helped patrol the streets of Electra since last September and Electra leaders are taking steps tonight to change that.
The contract started last year after several Electra police officers and dispatchers left the department amid tensions between city commissioners and long-time chief, Johnny Morris.
However, earlier this year, commissioners fired Morris.
They first got the department fully staffed with officers and dispatchers before focusing on filling the police chief opening and city leaders are currently reviewing 12 applications for the job.
And although electra has used Wichita County sheriff's deputies for nearly 10 months, county officials say only two bills, totaling $40,000, have been submitted to Electra and paid.
And the county auditor says the delay stems from the county billing Electra on an exact hour pay rate.
"If they work overtime in that week we bill them on the overtime rate. If they didn't work overtime and worked during their regular hours we bill them a straight time rate. We also charge Electra for our exact cost so that means if each deputy earns a different rate his or her rate of pay is what we charge Electra," says Deborah Stevens, auditor for Wichita County.
The Electra City Commission is meeting right now.
In addition to voting on giving 30 days notice to Wichita County to terminate the contract with the sheriff's office they are also looking over the applicants for the police chief position.
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