WEDOWEE - At last week's workshop and regular meetings of Randolph County Commission, there was a feeling of sadness in each meeting as Commissioner Derek Farr returned to his seat following the loss of his son in an automobile accident the week before.
Each commissioner expressed their sympathy and support for Farr, and a prayer circle was held for Farr at the conclusion of business at the workshop meeting. The commission chaplain led the group in prayer as everyone held hands in support.
Farr stated that he could not thank his fellow commissioners, county employees and all residents for their support, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He told those in attendance and on the live stream that, "This is something that no one should have to experience and no one can imagine the feeling. I just ask for your continued prayers from my family, and I ask God's blessings on each of you and your families."
Sheriff David Cofield reported 73 inmates in the county jail, 61 male and 12 female. The sheriff stated something has to be done to help retain employees in the department. "I lost another deputy last week to another agency because of money, and something has got to be done. I am working on a plan but don't know how it may work," he said.
The sheriff said he has some applicants, but none of them are state certified. He said, "I attended a job fair at Southern Union to pick up some recruits, but nothing really came out of it."
Commissioner Farr stated the county could possibly start paying medical insurance. "I'll let you know what I come up with, but I know something has to be done," the sheriff said.
In other business, the commission: