Deputy promoted to corporal


FARMINGTON – Franklin County commissioners approved the promotion of Deputy Kenneth Charles to a patrol shift supervisor Tuesday.

The move gives Charles the rank of corporal, Sheriff Dennis Pike said. It also gives him a pay raise of about 80 cents an hour, Deputy Chief Raymond Meldrum said after the meeting.

Charles was among three candidates applying for shift supervisor, Pike said. “All three are excellent candidates,” he said.

After a formal review, Charles edged out the other two, Pike said.

Charles will join his brother, Cpl. Stephen Charles, and Cpl. Nathan Bean as patrol shift supervisors.

Kenneth Charles’ promotion should allow Sgt. Steven Lowell to concentrate on his duties and overall oversight of patrol instead of also being a patrol shift supervisor, Pike said.

It is also expected to save the county overtime money.

In other matters, commissioners approved jail Manager Doug Blauvelt’s recommendation of hiring Carla York as a full-time corrections officer. She was one of the workers laid off in the jail transition and a position became vacant and she was called back.

The board also approved custodian Greg Roux’s recommendation to enter into a five-year contract instead of a three-year contract with Otis Elevators to maintain the courthouse elevator. By increasing the contract length, Roux said, the county reduces the labor rate by 8 percent from $238 an hour to $184.50. The contract cost is $2,460 a year.

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