Friday, December 08, 2006

How big's it gonna get!?!?

Some of the funniest parts of the newspaper aren't even close to the comics page. This story from the Richmond Palladium-Item is a real doozy. Here's the best part of the story:

"His yearly salary was $3,800 when he joined the sheriff department. Back then the department had only two deputies, a sheriff, a full-time jailer/turnkey and a matron who was the sheriff's wife.

Now the sheriff department has 33 enforcement officers, 65 jail and clerical personnel and four courthouse security guards.

He witnessed the building of two jails -- one in 1959 and the next just within the last few years.

"The county has not increased in size or changed much in population during the past 48 years, but the demand for government services and the cost of those services have certainly grew (sic) significantly," Catey said."

No change in population or size, but over a 2000% increase in the sheriff's department personnel. You know, on second thought, that's not funny at all.

In fact, it's a crying shame.


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