Instead of being sentenced by their peers, first-time teen offenders will now be processed through the Crawford County Attorney’s office, starting Aug. 31.

Instead of being sentenced by their peers, first-time teen offenders will now be processed through the Crawford County Attorney’s office, starting Aug. 31.
Rick Pfieffer and Angie Hadley came before the Crawford County Commission Friday to talk about shutting down the teen court program due to a lack of funding. State funds for the teen court have been cut back.
The program allowed first-time offenders under the age of 18 to have their peers decide their sentence, from what to do with regard to community services to diversion programs. Now, those offenders will go through the county attorney’s office.
Through their presentation, Pfieffer and Hadley reminded commissioners of the change.
In other business, Crawford County Commissioners:
• saw County Counselor Jim Emerson distribute a copy of the county’s sick pool policy. As part of the policy, members of a county-based committee decide who is allowed to use the sick pool. One of the members has recently retired, opening up a spot on the committee, while other long-time committee members will also be asked if they would like to continue.
• discussed a potential new hire with Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton. County commissioners previously passed a hiring freeze resolution, meaning that any potential replacements must be brought through the commission. Horton said he was losing a corrections officer to active National Guard duty, meaning he needed to be replaced at the jail.
• announced the county’s budget hearing, set for the Sept. 4 meeting.
• announced a 9 a.m. work session with department heads and elected officials at the Sept. 8 meeting. No regular meeting will be held on that day.
• announced that all three commissioners will be at tonight’s Pittsburg State University football game.

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134