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"The purpose of the fund is to allow counties to increase the level of pay for their deputies and get the standards up so they're not living on food stamps," said Glen Boyer, Jefferson County sheriff and chair of the fund's review board.
Boyer said the 2012 applications were completed online, helping eliminate some of the confusion of 2011's paper application. "It's in the system and the whole application process is a lot easier," Boyer said. This year, Boyer said only five counties - Harrison, New Madre, Newton, St. Louis and Texas - were denied funding due mostly to errors on whom signs the application. "The purpose of the fund is to allow counties to increase the level of pay for their deputies and get the standards up so they're not living on food stamps," said Glen Boyer, Jefferson County sheriff and chair of the fund's review board. Boyer said the 2012 applications were completed online, helping eliminate some of the confusion of 2011's paper application. "It's in the system and the whole application process is a lot easier," Boyer said. This year, Boyer said only five counties - Harrison, New Madre, Newton, St. Louis and Texas - were denied funding due mostly to errors on whom signs the application.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff Glen Boyer, who chairs the MoSMART Board which administered the grant, the Adair County application did not include the necessary information to allow the board to determine annual salaries and approve funding.
This constituted a "major error," Boyer said, and rejection of the application. Boyer said of 115 sheriff's offices, 92 applied for DSSSF dollars and 65 agencies were approved. Of those who were denied, 23, including Adair County, were done so largely because of significant mistakes or omissions on the application, Boyer said. Boyer said the board was disappointed it had to reject so many applications, especially given that the MoSMART Board and Missouri Sheriffs Association hosted numerous meetings across the state to explain the application and answer questions. "Certainly, the entire board hopes to achieve all our goals, which is to bring all sheriffs receiving a salary lower than $28,000 up to at least that level and get them off food stamps," Boyer said. Despite that, Boyer said the suggestion the process was competitive is false and that no department was denied funding based on the quality of their narrative or presentation of their application. He said the only way in which the awards would have been granted competitively is if the total amount pre-approved exceeded the funds available, which was not the case. "There was enough money there. We wanted to give the money out, believe me, we did," Boyer said, noting he anticipates the funds becoming more competitive in the future as more departments complete proper applications. Boyer said the priority was getting funds to deputies with salaries below $28,000, and in some cases the board contacted agencies if applications had minor errors, which he described as those with proper information and documentation to allow for approval, but small problems or discrepancies that could be easily and quickly fixed. He noted of the 92 applications received, 65 sheriffs "had no problems, or minor problems at most." Asked why the members did not contact every agency with an error, whether "minor" or "major," and allow them to make corrections or submit the proper documentation, Boyer said that wasn't feasible. The MoSMART Board, comprised of five sheriffs, sat for three days to review the 92 applications in order to process and award funds by Jan. 1, 2012. Additionally, he said there was concern over the precedent set by essentially allowing a mass re-application. "What would happen to a sheriff office that did not apply at all and now wants to apply? What about a sheriff office that said instead of applying for $10,000, they'd like $20,000? We'd have to start the whole process over again," Boyer said, "and then what happens when individuals did not complete the application propertly that time? Do you start all over again? "It's unfortunate, but I don't think that's in control of the MoSMART Board. I think that was the responsibility of the local sheriff," Boyer said. "It's a lot easier to place blame on someone else than to admit to one's own mistake," he added. Adair County Sheriff's Office officials said the spirit of the law was lost in bureaucracy, a point they believe was proved when all agencies were not afforded every chance to get their applications correct. "For Sheriff Boyer to say he put the priority on the smaller sheriffs, why wasn't he on the phone calling them to tell them their paperwork was jacked up? Boyer said he "would flatly deny that" suggestion. He said the board gave no cap on the amount awarded in instances where a salary increase would meet $28,000, meaning they would likely approve a request of $8,000 if a deputy's salary was $20,000. In cases where funds were sought to increase salaries already above $28,000, a $100-per-month cap was instituted. Boyer added that plenty of money remained and was placed back into the fund for the next grant period, which opens in April 2012. The application process will change at that time to a computer-based form that will not allow agencies to continue past a section if an error is detected, which MoSMART hopes decreases the number of denials. But, Boyer said, an application process is required by law, necessary to allow for future audits, and helps ensure funds are utilized only for deputies' salaries. "If there was no process, a county could take all that money and do what it wanted," Boyer said.
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If St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCullough, St. Louis City Prosecutor Jennifer Joyce and Jefferson County Sheriff Glen Boyer don't see the problem with using their names, their official titles and the inherent power of their offices to threaten to "take action" against anyone who dares to speak out against Barack Obama, then the voters of Missouri should hasten to remove that power from their hands before they do irreparable harm to the offices they hold.