Victoria County likely will renew its participation in a Pentagon program that distributes surplus military gear and equipment to local police departments and sheriff’s offices in the country.
County commissioners are scheduled to discuss the program, known as the 1033 program, at their meeting Tuesday, although that discussion could be delayed, County Judge Ben Zeller said. Zeller said he had asked the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office for a full list of the equipment the department had received through the program and added that the court could delay the discussion if they don’t have that information by Tuesday.
The program has distributed gear from military rifles and armored vehicles to tactical vests and binoculars to participating agencies. About 8,000 departments participate in the program, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Also Tuesday, commissioners will discuss whether to restructure the county’s Administrative Services Department. Zeller said the court will decide whether to eliminate the Director of Administrative Services position, previously held by Joyce Dean, and instead create an engineer/project manager position and have human resources function as a standalone department. Dean resigned from the job in February after an unusual break between county offices. Dean was arrested by a sheriff’s deputy on a theft by a public service charge before the charges were later dismissed. The county’s then-district attorney, Stephen Tyler, suggested that the sheriff’s office had charged Dean out of spite.
Commissioners are also scheduled to meet in private to discuss “possible action and legal advice/ramifications regarding contracted services,” according to the agenda, among other topics.