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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Affidavits switch going as projected

  • McPherson Police Chief Rob McClarty said Monday the processing of affidavits is moving forward as projected.
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  • McPherson Police Chief Rob McClarty said Monday the processing of affidavits is moving forward as projected.
    McClarty gave his report during’s the regular McPherson City Commission meeting.
    Affidavits are formal written statements setting out the facts of cases.
    In the past, McPherson County Attorney David Page and his two deputies have handled the affidavits, both the filling out of the forms and also the decision-making process of which cases to pursue. McPherson Police Department and McPherson County Sheriff’s Department officers have been through training and are now processing their own affidavits.
    In August, Page requested the officers fill out the affidavits based on Supreme Court rulings that indicated officers and not attorneys should be completing the affidavits.
    Page came under fire from members of law enforcement and local government because he made the request for the affidavit change after the city and county budgets for 2013 had been published. Page asserted at the time, law enforcement’s cost projections were high.
    McClarty said the overtime worked by McPherson police to make this projections. This includes 30 affidavits processed since the change, which has resulted in 55 hours of overtime, not including training.
    “It is working,” he said. “It’s right on target.”
    The cost of the switch-over for the city, including equipment and supplies, for the duration of 2012 has been estimated at $15,000. In 2013, those costs would increase to $16,700. Additionally, an administrative position that had been planned for reduction next year will be retained in order to handle the workload. In total, the cost to the city would be $62,700.
    McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell did not report whether or not the department’s current status matches earlier projects, however, he has informed commissioners in the past the department would have to hire an extra administrative position to handle the affidavits. The projected cost for that position, with salary and benefits, is between $40,000 and $50,000. Powell also has informed county commissioners the department also would have to hire an extra administrative position to handle the affidavits. The projected cost for that position, with salary and benefits, is between $40,000 and $50,000.
    In other news:
    • The McPherson City Commission affirmed a vote of the McPherson County Commission for $555 million in industrial revenue bonds for NCRA’s new coker project. This will allow the refinery to squeeze more gasoline and diesel out of the heaviest portion of the crude oil, and will replace the plant’s current coker, which has served the refinery since 1952.
    • The McPherson City Commission approved a resolution authorizing the issuance, sale and delivery of the general obligation temporary notes for the Veranda Subdivision street and sanitary sewer improvements, the estimated cost of which is $1,267,113.93.

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