County Commissioners accept two resignations from sheriff's department

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Saline County Commission announced the resignation of Saline County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley O'Neal on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

O'Neal had been on administrative leave with pay due to criminal allegations, according to Saline County Sheriff Wally George.

The investigation was the second time in recent months O'Neal found himself in trouble with the law. In November, he entered an Alford plea to a class A misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.

An Alford plea does not admit a criminal act and insinuates innocence, but it recognizes substantial evidence of guilt.

The commission also approved George's request to hire Adam Ray Evans as a Saline County sheriff's deputy.

Saline County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Adkins submitted a letter of resignation, which will be effective as of Feb. 8. Adkins has accepted a position at the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department.

Other commission business included the approval of a motion to advertise for bids for printing the county's financial statements.

Southern District Com-missioner Monte Fenner reported the commission had received 12 requests for qualifications for Bridge 46 at Wilton Springs. The commission approved to accept the bid from Rhodes Engineering of Brookfield.

"We've used Rhodes before," said Northern District Commissioner Norvelle Brown. "They're the engineer of the bridge near the Blosser elevator."

The commission also intends to seek out bids for Bridge 47 near Bridge 46. Commissioners believe updating Bridge 47 will allow easier access to Bridge 46. The commission hopes to complete both projects simultaneously.

County Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart reported the county received an electronic transfer of $1,620.97 from the state. This sum is the state's 10 percent share of the 2011 blizzard disaster.

"This is the final payment to close out that disaster," Cowart said.

County Clerk Debbie Russell announced a public test of Accu-Vote and touch-screen machines for the Feb. 7 election. The test will be on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. in the County Clerk's office.

Russell will also host an accuracy and certification test on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. in the county clerk's office.

The commission will not hold session on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Contact Maggie Menderski at mmenderski@marshallnews.com

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