Sheriff-elect Terry Gaddy and acting sheriff Mike Milnor said Thursday that they will work together in making any last-minute administrative changes between now and Jan. 1, when Gaddy takes over as sheriff. Milnor will then stay on as an investigator for the sheriff's office.
The two law enforcement officers met for much of the day to discuss what needs to be done between now and January.
"The stationery needs to be changed.I need a badge," Gaddy joked.
Gaddy said Milnor
will work, "in the same capacity as he
did before this all started. … He
loves to investigate things and find the truth and that's what we do.He
always excels and does a wonderful job there." Milnor
"Terry didn't have to do that," Milnor
said."I grew up in this department and my intent is to finish my career here.I support Terry and his
administration 100 percent."
The changes will mean a $15,000 raise for Gaddy and a $30,000 pay cut for Milnor
. The sheriff's salary is about $75,000 and Milnor's salary when he was an investigator was about $45,000.
is just happy he's
staying with the sheriff's office.
"It's a good option for me and good of Terry to offer it too," Milnor
said."Right now this suits the situation."
As for any personnel changes, Gaddy said he
doesn't anticipate anyone leaving the department, which was split in its support of the two men in the election campaign.
Gaddy said he
plans to spend the next seven weeks speaking with his
administrative staff and making plans to initiate the projects he
said throughout this campaign he
wanted to bring to the county, such as the Safe Surfin' Internet safety program and Project Lifesaver that helps police track down people with Alzheimer's disease who wander off. Milnor
will discuss with Gaddy any items he
includes in the sheriff's office's budget in December.
Two months later, Milnor
candidacy and received Maxey's endorsement.
Others in the department sided with Milnor
Maxey announced in the summer that he
would retire early and appointed Milnor
as acting sheriff until the end of the year.Milnor
has been acting sheriff since Sept. 1.
Both Milnor and Gaddy said throughout their campaigns that they wanted to run positive campaigns that focused on their plans for the department.Both asked that the negative comments from supporters on each side stop.
The race cooled during the fall and Election Day was almost anticlimactic.Gaddy easily defeated Milnor
, capturing 77 percent of the votes.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, Milnor
said, "People asked me if I'm bitter or upset and I've said I'm disappointed, but I'm not bitter, I'm not upset, I'm not angry or anything.Everybody in this ran honorable campaigns." Milnor
does not plan to run for office again, but said he
might consider another management job someday.