Unexpected Surprise Quells Sheriff’s Budget Concerns – Nicholson Asked to Step Down
BROOKSVILLE – The divide between The Board of County Commissioners and Sheriff Al Nienhuis finally bridged Tuesday, after the BOCC approved Nienhuis’ FY2016 Budget Proposal.
Dozens of Sheriff’s Office supporters packed the courthouse during the 9:00 a.m. BOCC meeting as well as the budget meeting held later that evening.
Prepared to go head to head over his proposal, a surprise turn of events quelled projected hostilities between the two. At the onset of the budget meeting, Clerk of the Court Don Barbee stood up and announced that his office would be willing to turn over excess fees (over $700,000)collected by his office to the County’s General Fund, which in turn could be used to supplement the Sheriff’s Office’ budget. Click here to watch the BOCC 9:00 Regular Meeting. Click here to watch the BOCC Budget Meeting.
After the meeting, Nienhuis told RNRF that he would “take on a lion” for his deputies and that he’s very proud of them for supporting his efforts and “speaking so eloquently during today’s hearing”.
To view the Budget in its entirety, follow this link: FY2016 BUDGET
The other elephant in the room; the FDLE investigation into Chairman Nick Nicholson’s involvement with a local prostitute and her use of crack cocaine led to one commissioners “unpopular” suggestion. ORIGINAL STORY
At the end of the Regular Meeting Tuesday morning, Commissioner Jeff Holcomb asked Chairman Nicholson to step down, stating “I think it’s become a distraction for this Board to do its job…”
Chairman Nicholson responded by saying “Commissioner Dukes and Rowden are already onboard supporting me.” He went on to say “The meetings over and it’s too late for a motion so I think you’re alone Jeff.”
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