Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

March 30, 2013

Lanier sheriff proposes takeover of Lakeland law enforcement; Mayor says nothing’s official

LAKELAND — Though Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton has drafted a proposal to outsource the Lakeland City Police Department to the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office, Mayor Bill Darsey said nothing has been formally discussed or drafted between the City of Lakeland and the Lanier County Sheriff's Office to consolidate the departments.

Norton has based his proposal on the example of the City of Shellman contracting its police operations to Randolph County.

Norton has drafted a template for a contract that would bring to fruition the founding of the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office’s “Lakeland Division,” a part of the sheriff’s office contracted to police Lakeland.

Norton’s template provides for seven Lakeland division officers, monthly reports to the Lakeland City Council, inmate logistics, injury and hardship, radio frequency considerations and the cannibalism of police department assets to offset start-up costs.

But Darsey said the proposal, untouched by county or city lawyers, is merely a proposal and shouldn’t be treated as a contract.

“He has some good ideas, but the proposal is incomplete,” said Darsey.

“We were just looking to see if we could save the taxpayers some money, but we don’t see how at this point.”  

The ball is in the city’s court, according to Norton who said he hasn’t received any formal feedback on the matter.

“I’m certainly willing to sit down with them,” said Norton. “Right now, it’s just a discussion. I’m willing to discuss the proposal with them and bring some professionals to the table. It’s entirely up to the city.”

Darsey, however, said he has no plans of taking Norton’s proposal into a public forum for formal discussion.

“It was nothing more than a discussion between us on a possible provision to explore whether or not money could be saved between us,” says Darsey. “The Lanier County News reported on it and everyone has blown it way out of proportion. There’s no story there and that’s the honest to goodness truth.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • doug henderson.jpg Memorial tourney returns

    The Doug Henderson III Memorial Golf Tournament has raised thousands of dollars for scholarship funds and to help organizations throughout the region.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914-WA-Egghunt021.jpg Park puts wild spin on Easter tradition

    Adventurous egg hunters braved overcast skies and a persistent drizzle to search for hidden prizes Saturday during Wild Adventure’s first Ostrich Egg Hunt.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • FallenTree003.JPG More spills reported

    City of Valdosta employees have spent the weekend responding to spills caused by several inches of rain that have again drenched the city during the past few days.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Underwater Easter_Rich copy.jpg Stories behind ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’

    Christ comes from the Greek word, “Christos,” meaning “the anointed one.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418_valwood001.jpg Valwood students register to vote

    Valwood teaches its students about the importance of voting. Each year, the school has encouraged eligible seniors to register to vote and participate in local elections.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • wadebrandon14.jpg Police still seeking missing mother, son

    Though their assignments have changed during the past dozen years, Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw and Sgt. Chris Crews continue working the case of a missing mother and her son.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Minor flooding expected

    Minor flooding of the Withlacoochee River is expected this weekend thanks to the day-long rains across South Georgia Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Wastewater hazards assessed

    During heavy rain events, five to 15 manholes throughout the city are at risk of overflowing into local waterways, according to the City of Valdosta.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418-VSU_HSBA003.jpg Valdosta State cuts ribbon for health, business building

    Eighteen months after breaking ground on the project, Valdosta State University held the official ribbon cutting Friday for its Health Sciences and Business Administration Building.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140417-Rail_Plan-001.jpg State Transportation seeks public input on rail plan

    The Georgia Department of Transportation held public meetings across the state this week to discuss its 2014 Georgia State Rail Plan.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results