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Victoria County to assume supervision of Goliad County juvenile probation department

By Sonny Long
March 29, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.

Pama Hencerling

IN OTHER ACTION

On Monday, Victoria County commissioners also:

Approved an agreement between Experience Works and the County Clerk's Office

Approved resolutions in support of grant applications for crime victims coordinator and liaison in the district attorney's office and in the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.

Received notice of a Texas Department of Public Safety Border Security grant award for $171,000 for the sheriff's office.

Victoria County is taking over supervision of the juvenile probation services in neighboring Goliad County.

The Victoria County Commissioners Court gave its blessing Monday to an interlocal agreement between the counties' probation boards outlining the services that Victoria County will provide.

"They have a small department, one juvenile probation officer and one clerk and were looking at options to reduce their budget," Pama Hencerling, Victoria County chief juvenile probation officer, explained to county commissioners.

Interlocal agreements between neighboring counties are allowed by the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Hencerling added.

The plan was approved by the Goliad County Juvenile Board on March 11. The Goliad County Commissioners also gave it a thumbs up on March 14. The Victoria County Juvenile Board approved it on March 22.

"We're not anticipating spending a lot of time there, in the beginning two to four hours a week in the beginning auditing the files, getting things straightened out," Hencerling said. "We will advise on any detentions, any issues that come up with law enforcement after hours."

Victoria probation officers will be on call every other week to give the Goliad probation officer time off.

Goliad County will pay Victoria County for the assistance. Hencerling, who will carry the title of Goliad County Chief of Juvenile Probation, will receive a salary supplement of $10,000 from Goliad County.

The assistant chief, also from Victoria County, will receive $5,000 from Goliad County.

Goliad County will continue to pay a full-time juvenile probation officer at $36,058 and a full-time clerk at $20,378.

Goliad County will also pay Victoria County $2,000 a year for vehicle maintenance and fuel for one vehicle.

Any juveniles detained in Goliad County will be housed at the Victoria Regional Juvenile Detention center, per the agreement.

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