MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Sheriff David Barber presented his 2009 Annual Report and shared news that his 2010 expenditures were on track with the budget.
Barber highlighted some key things from his annual report. In 2009, the sheriff’s office processed 504 properties through sheriff sales making it the highest in Knox County history.
“One thing we have been doing this year is holding the sheriff sales at our facility, and that’s worked out well,” said Barber.
Also breaking a record was the largest seizure of marijuana in the county in December 2009 with 22 bales recovered from a resident in Martinsburg, as well as five other marijuana operations that were shut down by the sheriff’s office during that year.
“The street value of what we seized in 2009 was approximately $1.6 million,” said Barber. “Property crime was down in 2009.”
As of Thursday, the population in the jail is 42, said Barber, including one inmate from Fairfield County. Thus far the county has received $72,606.96 from Fairfield County for inmates the jail has housed in 2010.
“It is up from what it’s been for the last month or so, which has been in the 30s,” he said.