County Judge and Commissioner Arthur attend Staff Meeting
LIBERTY, January 14, 2015 - The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) recently had their monthly staff meeting. Attending the meeting were the new County Judge, Jay Knight, and Pct. 2 Commissioner, Greg Arthur. The purpose of having the Judge and Commissioner as guests was so they could share their outlooks for their new terms in office. Judge Knight has experience working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while Commissioner Arthur has experience as a former, two-term Liberty County Sheriff. Both men gave their thoughts and ideas on questions and concerns that were voiced by the LCSO staff in attendance. The Judge and Commissioner both acknowledged the growth of Liberty County and realized its impact on one of the biggest facets of county government, the sheriff’s office.
Over the two years that Sheriff Rader has been in office, he has noted that despite the growth in Liberty County and increasing demands on LCSO, his staffing size remains virtually the same since former Sheriff Arthur left office at the end of 2008. Sheriff Rader compiled the following statistics for comparison. The data used is from 2008, the last year Commissioner Arthur was Sheriff in Liberty County, and from 2014, the second completed year in office for Sheriff Rader:
Warrants Served: 2,364 3,551 (an increase of 1,187)
Arrests – County: 4,121 4,693 (an increase of 572)
911 Calls (Sheriff, Fire, EMS): 6,040 7,592 (an increase of 1,552)
Total Calls: 15,361 25,498 (an increase of 10,137)
“When counties grow, law enforcement traditionally has to play catch up”, said Sheriff Rader. “The deputies and staff at LCSO are looking forward to working with Commissioners Court in finding the most effective and resourceful ways of meeting the challenges that affect us all in Liberty County.”