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Sheriff, commission officials butt heads over reimbursing bill

Friday, November 9, 2001

BENTON - Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell said he will take care of deputies personally for expenses incurred during an investigation after commissioners failed to approve reimbursement.

Ferrell met with commissioners during Thursday's county commission meeting to answer questions regarding a bill for $24.95.

The bill, according to Ferrell, was to reimburse Sgt. Jack Patterson $5.13 and Detective Bobby Sullivan $19.82 for food and drinks supplied to investigators from other agencies working the Super D armed robbery and subsequent arson and shooting of Detective Mark Crocker of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Ferrell said the food and drinks were for investigators from other law enforcement agencies including the Sikeston DPS who worked well into the night gathering evidence from the crime scene.

Commissioners asked Ferrell what per diem reimbursement was for.

Ferrell said the food went to officers from other agencies - not his deputies - and that he would reimburse the deputies himself as the Sikeston DPS and other agencies had furnished thousands of dollars in equipment and manpower to assist Scott County in the investigation.

In a press release issued following the meeting, Ferrell said it was wrong for the commission to not reimburse the deputies for food and drinks supplied to men who risked their lives for Scott County residents.