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DRUG COURT GETS POSITIVE REPORT AFTER A YEAR

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors heard some interesting numbers Tuesday on the one-year anniversary of county's Drug Court.

Michael Mohun, Drug Court judge, told county officials during a Committee of the Whole session that 24 of the 48 active participants in the Drug Court program are employed and that the total savings resulting from the Drug Court were projected as high as $612,985.79.

County officials said the court is unique in that both felony and misdemeanor drug-related cases are refered to it for disposition.

"We are sure they are working," Mohun said of the program's participants. "We are sure they are going to school."

He said his message to supervisors was not meant to be a plea for additional funding in the 2005 budget.

Mohun noted two program participants are retired; eight are receiving inpatient/residential treatment; five, college/vocational training; four, workers' compensation or Social Security benefits; and five are in jail awaiting sentencing.

"We make them pay," Mohun said. "We make them work."

Other county officials administering the program are County Judge Mark H. Dadd, District Attorney Gerald Stout, Public Defender Norm Effman, Program Coordinator James Messe and Court Clerk Becky Miller.

In other business, legislators:

Approved a 2 percent across-the-board salary increase for department heads.

Scheduled the 2005 budget hearing for 2 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Wyoming County Government Center.

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