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Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 11:40 pm

Sangamon County cuts DUI officer

Cost concerns cited

The Sangamon County sheriff’s office plans to end a driving-under-the influence program that pays the salary and ancillary costs for an officer assigned full-time to DUI enforcement.

“We won’t have someone specializing (in DUI enforcement),” said chief deputy Jack Campbell.

Campbell blamed a cutback in state funding for the decision to terminate the program. During a June DUI court proceeding, Deputy Travis Koester, the county’s designated DUI cop, testified that he had performed 280 DUI investigations since May of last year, when he became the department’s DUI officer. The state Department of Transportation paid his salary.

Now, Campbell said, the state grant has been cut in half. The sheriff’s department considered making up the difference, Campbell said, but decided instead to stop assigning a deputy to DUI enforcement on a full-time basis.

“We’ve been getting that grant forever – 25 years or better,” Campbell said. “We were going to have to come up with the rest of the money. We’re just going to let the grant go.”

Contact Bruce Rushton at brushton@illinoistimes.com.
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