Jackson Co. to assign deputy to Village of Concord

(WLNS) – Concord is now a safer community thanks to a new contract with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to assign a deputy to the Village of Concord.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners passed the motion Tuesday night by a margin of 7 to 2

Commissioners as well as the sheriff say it will make an already safe community safer.

With a population of just over 1,000 people and a crime rate lower than the U.S. average, the Village of Concord is certainly unassuming.

So why do they need a new deputy to patrol the area?

“I think Concord is a great community with a relatively low crime rate and I think they want to keep it that way, and we are certainly glad to help with that,” said Sheriff Steve Rand.

In the contract the village will pay nearly $390,000 to the county over a period of five years, ending up with zero cost to the county itself, which has struggled with a tight budget.

“It will cover that officer’s salary a vehicle, investigative services, everything that goes along with it and handle taking care of any issues that go on with taking care of the village,” said James Shotwell, commissioner, Jackson County.

Commissioner Shotwell says a new deputy was hired instead of sending an existing deputy to Concord because it could leave gaps in road patrols.

He also says it would greatly benefit the concord community.

“They become known to the businesses they know they sheriff likes hands on deputies where they get out and talk to the residents meet with the residents and get to know the community and what their needs are,” said Shotwell.

Sheriff Rand says the deputy was hand-picked and going to be a great fit with the community of Concord.

The contract is set to begin July 1.

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